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Dinner Impossible chef fired by the Food Network

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Robert IrvineThe tough-talking British chef who cooked up a story about designing Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding cake has been fired from his US TV show.

After it was discovered that Dinner Impossible star Irvine lied about his credentials — including having designed Diana’s wedding cake — Food Network bosses investigated the situation.

And now they have revealed they have given Irvine the chop and have not renewed his contract.

A statement from Food Network said: “We have not renewed Robert’s contract for future seasons and will be looking for a replacement host.”

Irvine has apologized for his actions, saying: “I was wrong to exaggerate in statements related to my experiences regarding the Royal Family.”

Irvine pretends to be a slick super-spy in the opening titles to hit series ‘Dinner: Impossible’, which promise viewers: “What you are about to see…is real.”

A voiceover introduces his cooking missions by saying: “Robert has tackled some of the toughest culinary challenges in the world – but can he conquer this one?”

In one recent episode that aired in the US, he showed off his six-pack while facing the task of cooking more than 20 native Hawaiian dishes in eight hours. But he was soon under investigation by TV network bosses over his outlandish bragging.

He claimed he was a knight who owns a castle in Scotland, had cooked for presidents and royalty and was pals with Prince Charles.

But he finally came clean to a US newspaper that his involvement in the Royal wedding cake was that he attended the school where it was made and that he picked fruit for it.

Irvine claims to have worked on the cake in his book ‘Mission: Cook!’.

And he previously told the Toronto Sun newspaper: “It was an English fruitcake that weighed over 360 pounds.

“I worked on these elaborate side panels, which told the history of the royal Windsor and Spencer families – in icing!”

But he then told the St Petersburg Times: “I was at the school when that was happening. They made the cake at the school where I was.”

Asked if he helped make it, he said: “Picking fruit and things like that.”

Irvine also confessed he made up a story about being a knight to impress wealthy Americans in St Petersburg, Florida.

He told the St Petersburg Times: “When I first came down there and I met people down there with all this money, it was like trying to keep up with the Joneses.

“I was sitting in a bar one night and that came out. It was stupid.”

A Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed: “He is not a KCVO Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and he wasn’t given a castle by the queen of England.”

Irvine had been planning to open two swanky restaurants in St Petersburg but they are still not finished three months past the planned opening. He also allegedly owes thousands to his website consultant and a St Petersburg socialite claims he owes her $100,000.

A spokesman for Food Network, which airs Irvine’s show, said: “It’s unfortunate if Robert embellished the extent of his culinary experiences.”

  • Deaf Sharon Ann

    I like Robert’s shows so much…because of his entertinmets and jokes and because he does very good on shows despite of yellings…
    HE admitted a lie about Royals..one lie…but he does not lie about other shows almost over the world. Put him on a different show…could be his own shows with himself or with one “helper”.
    Don’t fire him completely off from Food NetWork shows…
    My son and I love to watch his shows and his performs and working on different methods of cooking and baking and recipes…keep him please.

  • Michele Fielding

    Please, Food Network, keep Robert. He confessed. Seems repentant. Show him mercy, allow him to confess this to your audience and show appreciation for Food Network’s grace and mercy,and keep your audience happy. It is one of my and my brothers’ favorite shows on TV because of its entertainment factor.

    • LORIE WALTRIP

      I CANT BELIEVE THEY WOULD FIRE THE BEST MAN THEY GOT ON THE BEST SHOW THEY HAVE.ON FOOD NET WORK FOR ALIE OR MAYBE 2 SO WHAT.WHY DONT U FIRE YOURSELF FOR ALL THE LIES YOU HAVE TOLD DURIN YOUR WAY TO THE TOP.I STARTED WORKIN WITH NO EXPERIENCE.I LIED ON EVERY JOB APP I GOT.BECAUSE I KNEW I COULD DO THE JOB WELL.AND THATS WHAT I DID JUST LIKE ROBERT.ILOVE HIM MY 2 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER LOVES HIM,MATTER OF FACT I DONT NO ANYONE IN WASHINGTON STATE THAT DOESNT LOVE ROBERT OR THE SHOW.YOU WILL RUIN THE SHOW IF YOU REPLACE HIM AND THAT IS NOT A LIE LOL.SO FOOD NET WORK BOSSS BETTER THINK LONG AND HARD BEFOR LETTING HIM GO.YOU WILL LOOOSE SO MANY VIEWERS FROM EVERY AGE GROUP.LIKE I SAID 2YEARS OLD – 80 YEARS.YOU WOULD BE LYING TO YOURSELF IF YOU SAID YOU DONT NEED HIM,THATS THE TRUTH……

  • Anonymous

    So what if he lied. We’ve all done it at some point or not. I mean honestly. Besides, his replacement just doesn’t seem right on the show. Robert was a great chef and came clean. Food Network is really starting to crash and burn. Too much travel and things that we really can’t do, and sometimes, we just plain don’t want to. I say they get over it, he’s had his slap on the wrist, and let the show get back to how it should be, with Robert Irvine as host.

  • Anonymous

    I will not watch diner Impossible until Robert comes back.

  • Kevin Robb

    If everyone who told a wee lie on their resume got sacked …no one would have a job. Who cares he only picked fruit for that cake! The mans shows entertaining…end of story. Do yourselves a favour and get him back!!!

  • Nancy Maniaci

    No Way!!! Bring Chef Robert back. He one of the very best and entertaining chefs on TV today. He keeps you interested until the very end of the show. This is very sad to hear just because of a little fantasy lie!!!! I hope everyone speaks up and gets him back…..

  • Malia

    We Looove Robert on Dinner Impossible!! Lying on his “resume” seems completely irrelavent to his abilty to capture an audience and showcase his talent!!
    Bring him back to the show or No one ,we know, will be watching otherwise!!
    And if you dont bring him back, rename the show “Dinnner Hypocritical brought to you by The Spoiled Food Network!

  • Cecilia

    This IS such a shame that he will not be on the Food Network anymore. My husband and I agree on very few shows. This was one of them. Regardless whether he lied about a few details. He DID help with the dam cake is that not enough? I think the network should REALLY reconsider signing him back. He is such a colorful character and obviously knows what he is doing. WE LOVE YOU ROBERT!!!

    • amarie

      Presidents have kept their jobs with worse lies.. and actions! I won’t watch the food network if they truly don’t bring him back.

  • Rum Ration

    The man is a lying CNUT, he has used his miserable military service to gain influence, he has lied about his qualifications, his places of work and his Knighthood.

    What else has he lied about?

    The man is an oxygen thief!

  • Raymond

    The bottom line is can Robert cook? From what I have seen he can. Spank him, reprimand him maybe suspend him but life goes on. We give white color criminals ,sport stars and movie stars second chances. Robert Irvine deserves another chance.

    • http://PATTYROSKE PATTYROSE

      I AGREE I HAVE ALREADY TOLD ALL MY FRIENDS TO NOT WATCH YOUR PROGRAM ANY MORE. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED HURTING A GREAT PERSON LIKE ROBERT. YOU ALL MAKE ME SICK. YOU WANNA BE CHIEFS

  • Miry FZ

    My husband and I will not watch diner Impossible until Robert comes back. Bring him back to the show or No one, we know, will be watching otherwise. We might stop watching the other shows all together in food network does not bring him back.

  • megan parks

    he made that show!!!! you can not find anyone better then ROBERT!!!

    P.S. GET HIM BACK

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  • http://PATTYROSKE PATTYROSE

    HOW DARE YOU TAKE ROBERT OFF THE SHOW, YOU ARE KIDDING ME, HERE IS A MAN WHO HAS DONE THE IMPOSSIBLE OVER AND OVER, NEVER WENT BACK ON A CHALLENGE, NOW HE IS HELPING FAILING RESTURANTS SUCCESSFUL BESIDES BRINGING FAMILIES AND OWNERS TOGETHER, WHO CARES IF HE DIDN’T COOK FOR THE ROYALS,LIKE THERE SUCH UPSTANDING CITIZENS, WE HAD A PRESIDENT WHO STOOD BEFORE MILLIONS SWEARING HE NEVER HAD AN AFFAIR OR GETTING BJ’S UNDER HIS DESK AND HE IS STILL A CELEBRITY,COME ON GROW UP, I DON’T THINK YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE SOMETHING FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEY ENJOY THE TIME WILL COME WHEN WE WILL HAVE ENOUGH OF YOUR BULLYING AND THINKING YOU CAN JUST TAKE AND TAKE AND WE WOULDN’T STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS. GET SMART AND SHOW SOME CLASS

  • Anonymous

    I think Ace Ventura summed it up best when he said:

    “La-Hoo-Za-Her”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BA7XBXVGDMFNIFHITM52AXOX44 Fariborz

    bad move

  • Bertha

    what difference does it make he is going to get hired he is still an amazing chef 

    • Nikki Hodson

      I agree that his career certainly won’t take a big hit, but he DOES make good tv. That’s the part that bothers me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chata.dumas Chata Dumas

    Bad move to lie. BUT, the man can still cook and knows his way around a kitchen. Food Network could’ve had him issue an official statement clearing up his actual credentials, statements involving the Royal Family & fined him, instead of firing him.

    • Nikki Hodson

      Well it appears to me that Food Network has gotten kinda fire happy. What Paula Deen did was TOTALLY WRONG. There is ABSOLUTELY NO acceptable setting in which to make any sort of prejudicial comments. However, where is our mercy? Why not give her a chance to redeem herself? Then, if she fails to be the kind of person that they want representing them during a probationary period, then give her the ax! You see, a wise man learns from his errors. I think they are just being too hard on these people. Now, if the offensive comments are still being made, then boot her butt out the door PRONTO!! But, if it’s an error that she’s made in the past, then maybe she has or wants to change. An ounce of forgiveness is far more valuable than a ton of punishment. I’m sorry to the people that she spoke of. It is NEVER acceptable to degrade another person or group of people regardless of anyone else’s actions. But maybe we could forgive her for her humanity. Surely others who were offended could remember that maybe they’ve said something that they regretted in the past. I know that I have in one way or another. It may not have been that specific sort of comment, nevertheless it surely wasn’t nice or acceptable. People grow with time and wisdom. Anyway, my point is that Food Network may want to provide some sort of ongoing sensitivity training for it’s people. It never can hurt to be proactive!!! Many blessings to both and to all that they’ve hurt or offended.

      • e

        He lies just like our sports heroes!!!! Thanks to the Lance Armstrong of food my world is shattered for all who works hard to make a living cooking!!!!! All of the world of Culinary arts should suspend him like Arod !!!!!!!

  • nancy gayle

    i doubt i will watch it without robert irvine…..he is what makes the show

  • MakinBacon

    That is a great show and Robert Irvine is a great chief. Food network can suck it .

  • Nikki Hodson

    I think that they could offer some mercy. He shouldn’t have lied. There’s no doubt about that. However, he has done so much good and has such a fan base. He’s proven his abilities. THAT he didn’t lie about. To all of the big wigs at Food Netword…..Give the man a break and remember a time when you, too, were human!! He doesn’t have to be perfect. He just has to get the job done! I truly think that most would agree that he’s done that part. I probably will not be watching either. That’s so unfortunate.

  • Jerry Groff

    What the HELL, what happens when the president, congress or gov lies to the nation, or the sports pros lie and cheat do you see them getting thrown under the bus after doing such a great job, no it gets swept away and they get their hands smacked. Robert has helped so many people out there getting on track with their businesses and cooking. Are you on some kind of firing trek where if someone didn’t look good that day just fire them. Honestly I did not like Paula Deen but the reason for here axe job was incredibly stupid to say the least. And now you have done it again to someone who bought many followers to your ignorant network. Well the ass—- that came up with this really dumb move should be checked out, chances are he/she lied about something on their so called resume. As far as being behind on his payments or getting behind a project , wake the —- up thats life in the real world, most people are in the same boat wether they are wealthy or not. I just can’t wait to see who you dumb next because pretty soon you won’t need food network it won’t be worth watching

  • Miranda

    There’s no way I would watch this show with out Robert Irvine. He’s a great chef and is very entertaining to watch.

  • R.h

    Food network is getting so annoying. I think they are going to start pulling people for no reason. He is a very good chef, and MAKES the shows, he makes you want to keep watching, it’s entertaining. I love restaurant impossible, he really turns those businesses around. Wow he told little lies, like half of them probably have, doesn’t make him less of a fantastic chef.

  • Carmen

    what a shame, though it is problematic that he lied – he clearly knows what he is doing and is not just a great chef but extremely entertaining.

  • BARBARA

    I am sorry to hear of the problem with Robert Irvine. I so enjoyed him on the Dinner Impossible show, It was different and refreshing. I will miss the English humor he brought to the show. He is quite personable and did not need to embellish himself to be a hit. Unfortunate, I have soured on the Food Network programs, they seem to be more on traveling, which is ok but it gets old fast, how many of the places the hosts visit will the average American be able to visit? I like the Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives program but that is getting old. How about more “cooking” programs? Thanks and maybe Robert Irvine can redeem himself.

  • anonymous

    I think that everyone lies or “embellishes” their resume and it’s not like the viewres care if he didn’t do those things he said he did. We watch the show because we like it.
    He should be allowed back on the show

  • Gladys

    The talented Brit has so much to offer. In the future he would do himself justice to just be true to himself, by doing so he will be rewarded. His talent and skills should be enough to exceed. Robert forget the embellisment and pride yourself on your skills and integrity.

  • Evelyn Pierce

    I really hope there will be a change of heart and allow Robert Irvine to continue doing this show. It is truly the best of all the food network shows. I am an avid watcher of the food network, and this show is on the top of my list. Who cares that he didn’t make the cake for the Royal Wedding. He proves his capabilities on each show of Dinner Impossible.

  • Michelle

    Robert is a chef not a knight, who care’s. He has done a great job for the “Foodnet Work”, give him a break and his job back!!!!!

  • Terri

    Give me a break! Who doesn’t lie on their resume? Hey, as long as he can do the job! That should be the only thing that matters. In my opinion Dinner Impossible will never be the same without Robert. They need to lighten up and get him back!

  • http://showbizspy Carolyn Van Vleck

    Oh, for God’s sake! I’m a female chef and have been since the late ’70′s. There’s not a male chef/cook that hasn’t embellished his resume. It goes hand-in-hand with male bravado, testosterone and general BS. Just give him a slap on the wrist, and let him get back to work. It’s a great show! I always find it exciting, and he always manages to pull off meals in some of the oddest circumstances!

  • http://showbizspy Carolyn Van Vleck

    Oh, for God’s sake! I’m a female chef and have been since the late ’70′s. There’s not a male chef/cook that hasn’t embellished his resume. It goes hand-in-hand with male bravado, testosterone and general BS. Just give him a slap on the wrist, and let him get back to work. It’s a great show! I always find it exciting, and he always manages to pull off meals in some of the oddest circumstances a!