Food Network Fries Host Who Cooked Up His Resume3/04/2008 3:01 AM Eastern
Food Network is canning show host Robert Irvine for adding a bit too much spice to his resume.
As it turns out, the host of Dinner: Impossible admitted to tarting up his credentials with some fabrications, with his claims of cooking for several U.S. presidents, as well as the British Royal family.
“We have not renewed Robert's contract for future seasons but will fulfill our contractual obligations,” Food Network president Brooke Johnson said in a prepared statement. “We rely on the trust that our viewers have in the accuracy of the information we present, and Robert challenged that trust. We appreciate Robert's remorse about his actions, and we can revisit this decision at the end of the production cycle, but for now we will be looking for a replacement host."
Food Network will continue airing old episodes of the show, as well as the new season of episodes with Irvine that are now in production..
In terms of one of his “embellishments,” Irvine, a Florida restaurateur and author, actually worked in the navy mess in the White House, not as a chef to the President, and made untrue claims relating to the British royalty.
"I was wrong to exaggerate in statements related to my experiences regarding the Royal Family,” Irvine said in a statement. “I am proud of my work while serving in the Royal Navy and on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, also as part of the Guest Chef program in the White House with the U.S. Navy, in addition to my culinary accomplishments. I should have stood on those accomplishments alone, without embellishment.”