Food Network inks Robert Irvine on new multi-year / platform deal

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World class chef, cookbook author and philanthropist, Robert Irvine has entered into a new multi-year contract with Food Network announced last month by Courtney White, President of Food Network. This two-year deal includes new episodes of the long-running hit show Restaurant: Impossible, plus additional content developed by Robert Irvine across the Discovery portfolio, with medium and short form projects for linear and digital platforms, including the Food Network Kitchen app.

A culinary staple from Food Network, Robert continued his quest to help struggling restaurant owners across the country in the new spin-off series Restaurant Impossible: Back in Business, which hits Thursday, July 30th at 9 p.m. ET / PT premiered. In the above series, Irvine is helping previously featured restaurants affected by the current pandemic.

The series is accompanied by a brand new after show where Robert and other members of the RI family go behind the scenes of each episode and answer questions from fans. The final season of Restaurant: Impossible was a hit with fans both on the air and online with double-digit ratings.

The series’ supplementary content has so far received over five million video views on social media platforms, with #RestaurantImpossible being trending on Twitter during seven of the season’s ten premieres.

“Robert Irvine’s relentless dedication to serving restaurant owners in need, as well as his passion and support for service members and first responders, have made Robert a fan favorite over the years,” said White. “I couldn’t be more excited about Robert staying with the Food Network family as he continues to captivate viewers with the Restaurant: Impossible franchise and deliver future projects that are sure to help and inspire.”

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“I am extremely grateful to have had the Food Network as my professional home for so many years – and I am positively excited that our partnership will continue for the foreseeable future,” said Irvine. “But the biggest thanks go to our fans, whose enthusiasm and support make everything possible. We’re busy as more restaurants need help than ever before. Now let’s get to work! “

Robert Irvine is a chef and entrepreneur best known for hosting the Restaurant: Impossible on Food Network, which now airs for its 17th season. A philanthropist focused on the problems of veterans and first responders, he established the Robert Irvine Foundation to serve service members, veterans and first responders, including the wounded, sick, or injured through resilience, health and wellness support programs and their families in need support, including carers for wounded service members and support for surviving family members.

Robert has hosted or appeared at dinner for Food Network: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America, Next Iron Chef, Restaurant Express, Chopped: Impossible, Guy’s Grocery Games: Impossible, A Hero’s Welcome, among others. Robert is also the author of four cookbooks, the most recent of which, Family Table, serves as a guide to reunite families around the dining table. Robert started Robert Irvine Magazine, a free digital magazine that focuses on healthy recipes, fitness advice and motivating people to succeed in all areas of life.

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