Robert Irvine will add some new ingredients to Food Network under a new two-year contract with Discovery’s proprietary cable outlet.
Irvine will direct new episodes of its Restaurant: Impossible series and develop medium and short form video segments for linear and digital venues, including the Food Network’s kitchen app. He will also work to help struggling restaurant owners in a new spin-off series titled “Restaurant Impossible: Back in Business,” due out July 30th at 9pm in the east.
“I am extremely grateful that I have had Food Network as my professional home for so many years – and I am positively thrilled that our partnership will continue for the foreseeable future,” said Irvine in a prepared statement. “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! “
In the new series, Irvine is helping restaurants that were previously featured in the flagship series and have been affected by the current pandemic. The series is accompanied by an “after show” in which Robert and other regulars on the series answer questions from fans about each episode. According to the Food Network, the rating of the last season of “Restaurant: Impossible” among adult viewers between the ages of 25 and 54 improved.
“Robert Irvine’s relentless dedication to restaurant owners in need and his passion and support for service members and first responders have made Robert a fan favorite over the years,” said Courtney White, president of Food Network, in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited if Robert stays in 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.”
“Restaurant: Impossible” is in its 17th season. Irvine has hosted or appeared on Food Network programs including Dinner: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America, Next Iron Chef, Restaurant Express, Chopped: Impossible, Guy’s Grocery Games: Impossible and “A Hero’s Welcome,” among others. He is also the author of four cookbooks