Robert Irvine was kicked off the Next Iron Chef supposedly by his cooking problems and one of the judges to kick off Irvine off the show, was Michael Symon. Well, as Paul Harvey says, this is the rest of the story:
There are these shows, Restaurant Impossible and Dinner Impossible, where a top chef transformed a bad restaurant into a decent restaurant for Restaurant Impossible and Dinner Impossible where a chef would go to a place unannounced and create meals out of nothing.
Well, Robert Irvine did Restaurant Impossible but was caught in lies about who he cooked for in England. He was replaced by Michael Symon when Dinner Impossible was born. After a year, Robert Irvine then replaced Michael Symon on the show.
From Cleveland.com: When Michael Symon was offered the gig to host popular cable television series "Dinner: Impossible," viewers knew that the winner of "Food Network's Next Iron Chef" was taking over for a disgraced chef.
What they didn't know was that Symon would be a temporary replacement. Food Network officials announced that former series host Robert Irvine will be returning to "Dinner Impossible." Irvine has been rehired to film six new episodes for the series, to be aired sometime in March 2009.A resume apparently laced with a variety of exaggerations and false assertions led to Irvine's removal by the network as series host. In an article published last February in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, reporter Ben Montgomery refuted various Irvine claims - among them, that he helped bake the cake for the fairytale wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, held the title of Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and that his friend, Queen Elizabeth II, had given him a castle.
In a statement to the media, a Food Network spokeswoman explained what led to Irvine's return to the show.
"Our audience has continued to demonstrate its interest in and support for Robert," said network spokeswoman Carrie Welch. "He has taken responsibility and made a conscious effort to clear the air, rebuild the relationship with Food Network and apologize for the earlier inaccuracies."
Symon said that he knew from the start that his assignment would be temporary. In a telephone interview from Anguilla, where he is attending the wedding of his agent Scott Feldman, Symon explained that the terms of his agreement required that he not reveal the duration of his contract for the show. http://www.cleveland.com/living/index.ssf/2008/11/michael_symon_exits_dinner_imp.html
What Symon said was a crock. If Symon was popular on Dinner Impossible, he would have stayed on the show, but he wasn't so he was gone and replaced by Irvine, who the viewers wanted.
So, obviously, there are bitter feelings between the two. There has to be. Symon was booted out because he wasn't as popular as Irvine. these two chefs have huge ego's and Symon had his blown out of the water.
So, it appears that Michael Symon orchestrated Irvine's quick departure out of revenge. How else do you explain the obvious conflict of interest and the quick departure?
How sad and pathetic for the Food Network to allow this.
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