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Who is Robert Irvine?
What we can say with certainty is that Robert Irvine is the host of the Food Network's show Dinner: Impossible. I've watched this before and found it entertaining. Though Irvine comes across as pretty arrogant.

However, many other facts about Irvine's career have now been called into question. For instance, in the past Irvine has claimed that he was knighted by the Queen, that he owns a castle in Scotland, that he cooked at the White House, and that he created the wedding cake for Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

None of this, it turns out, is true.

A Food Network spokeswoman says, "It's unfortunate if Robert embellished the extent of his culinary experiences. We are investigating the matter and taking the necessary steps to ensure the accuracy of all representations of Robert on Food Network and"

I'm sure that'll be the extent of the Food Network's reprimand of him, since his show is too popular to cancel.

Links:; Daily Mail. (Thanks to Joe Littrell for the heads up about this.)
Posted by The Curator on Fri Feb 22, 2008

I don't know about Britain, but here in my country claiming an official title you don't have would be a criminal offence.
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Sat Feb 23, 2008  at  12:54 PM
OK, once again someone got caught padding a resume. There is no way to know how often this succeeds, but once someone is high-profile the odds would seem to be against them. It isn't a crime here in the USA to claim to be a knight, since the title isn't hereditary it isn't prohibited by the Federal Constitution, nor to own property in another country, nor to have cooked in the White House, etc. But the Food Network should can him even though his show is popular.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Sat Feb 23, 2008  at  02:03 PM
Didn't they kick someone off the Next Food Network Star for padding his resume? If they allow Irvine to stay, I would sue.
Posted by Dily  in  West Virginia  on  Sun Feb 24, 2008  at  03:06 PM
Reminds me of when Jerry Doyle (Garibaldi, Babylon 5) claimed to have put "Dance Theater of Harlem" on his resume to see if people would check. HA!

1. If I were interviewing him for a job, any *ONE* of those claims would have raised a red flag.
2. If his resume meant anything for the job, any *ONE* of those claims could have been easily verified/disputed. Can't really claim sour grapes this long after.
3. I don't think viewers have a basis to sue. Did they really watch the show because of the claims he made Chuck and Di's wedding cake? I don't think so!
Posted by Corwin, The Master Physicist  in  OC, CA  on  Mon Feb 25, 2008  at  01:47 PM
Apparently, they fired him. The show isn't cancelled, they're just looking for a new host. lol
Posted by nikki  in  ohio  on  Mon Mar 03, 2008  at  08:32 PM
If you're going to talk about lying get Emeril off the air His Live show is nothing but a lie when he says he cuts this up or mixes this his staff in the back does all the work watch him try to operate a food processor or plate his food he is terrible. He is no different than Robert Irvine.
Posted by Pete Skwiers  in  Michigan  on  Wed Apr 02, 2008  at  11:52 PM
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