Food Network’s Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine will be bringing his newly created live show to stages throughout the U.S. beginning August 18th in Galveston, TX at the Grand 1894 Opera House. The North American leg of Irvine’s “Robert Irvine Live 2012” follows on the heels of his two premiere performances in Florida to sold out crowds and audience acclaim. The live show, co-created by Irvine and producer Joshua Lingenfelter, takes the live cooking demo to the next level by incorporating challenges, audience interaction and high tech video projection. Irvine’s successful Food Network series, “Restaurant: Impossible” continues to break ratings records, making it one of the highest rated programs on the channel. For updated tour information visit http://www.ChefIrvine.com.
“Robert Irvine Live 2012” is Irvine’s first theatrical tour. “This is not just me cooking on stage for two hours because that has been done before,” stated Irvine. “I wanted to do something totally different that makes cooking a vehicle for being able to create a theatrical event.” If his premiere performances in Florida are any indication, Irvine has truly taken the idea of theatrics to heart. Those performances found him rappelling down balconies and being challenged to feed members of the audience with no knowledge of the ingredients while a timer counted down. Of course, these challenges are nothing new to Irvine, whose Food Network shows “Dinner: Impossible” and “Restaurant: Impossible” often find him challenged both physically and creatively with deadlines that often seem nothing short of insurmountable let alone impossible.
Irvine isn’t stopping at just creating challenges. He and his co-creator have devised the show to be different in each location, giving every audience a unique experience. Taking that one step further, Irvine is choosing to remain in the dark about what challenges will be thrown at him each night. “We basically have constructed a set list of cooking challenges, much like a rock band would put together a list of songs for the evening. The big difference is our ‘lead singer’ has no idea what that list will entail,” said producer Joshua Lingenfelter. “My job is to try every way I can to trip Robert up. Honestly, Robert is so skilled at what he does I don’t know that I can do it, but every night I get another shot to make things more difficult.”
In order to receive the challenges, Irvine and his team have created what is perhaps the first ever host that is a live and interactive computer generated character. “I don’t want to give too much away, but the ‘host’ of the show is a computer generated program that is able to talk to me live and react to what I am doing as well as the audience. It’s not only totally cool, but provides some incredibly funny moments as well,” said Irvine. “Ultimately my goal is for folks to walk out of the theater feeling we did everything in our power to entertain them with something they’ve never seen before and give them their money’s worth.”
“ROBERT IRVINE LIVE TOUR ITINERARY:
|August 18||Galveston, TX||Grand 1894 Opera House|
|September 7||Honolulu, HI||Blaisdell Concert Hall|
|September 22||Glenside, PA||Keswick Theatre|
|October 5||Red Bank, NJ||Count Basie Theatre|
|November 4||Anaheim, CA||Grove of Anaheim|
|November 11||Wilmington, DE||The Grand|
|November 16||Mesa, AZ||Mesa Arts Center|
|November 17||Bellingham, WA||Mount Baker Theatre|
|December 1||York, PA||Strand Theatre|
|December 2||Ridgefield, CT||Ridgefield Playhouse|
About Robert Irvine:
Chef Robert Irvine goes where few chefs dare. He is equally at home preparing his stunningly creative dishes for intimate gatherings or for huge crowds, from 6,000 servicemen and women on a US aircraft carrier to a spectacular celebrity-studded after party at the Academy Awards. Star of Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible”, “Restaurant: Impossible” and “Worst Cooks in America” and author of “Mission: Cook! and Impossible to Easy ” (HarperCollins) Robert Irvine has prepared his masterful culinary creations for the British Royal Family, heads of state and honored guests aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia; for high-ranking dignitaries, politicians, and VIP’s as part of the Guest Chef program at the White House; as Executive Chef at Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal and across America on his hit Food Network series. A native of England, Robert Irvine joined the British Royal Navy as a teenager, where his extraordinary skills in the kitchen soon came to the attention of his superiors. In over twenty-five years in the culinary profession, Robert Irvine has transcended the limitations of recipes and rote techniques with an approach to cooking that is uniquely his own. In that time, he has literally cooked his way across the globe, from Europe to the Far East, across the Caribbean and throughout the Americas. In 2007, Robert was named both an Ambassador of the Culinary Institute of America and one of the “25 Fittest Guys in America” by Men’s Fitness magazine, on a list that included Kobe Bryant, Andy Roddick and Matt Damon.