Friday, November 11, 2011

The Real Reason Why Robert Irvine Was Elminated From The Next Iron Chef

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.

22 comments:

  1. 100% correct. Symon was the only judge who didn't want Irvine to win the challenge. Somehow he was the only vote that counted. All because he was jealous people liked irvine better. My family will never watch this crock of shit again.

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    1. Chef Robert Irvine is awsum in the kitchen of my house always

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  2. Fuck michael symons he was just pissed because nobody likes him and robert irvine is a way better chef, so he had problems with irvine and that was the only reason why he was kicked off the show because of symons.Ill never watch this show again!
    Can't believe food network would let this go the way it did talk about out right bullshit.

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  3. Sounds like someone close to irvine wrote these comments. How silly. I doubt anyone real cares that much about if robert irvine is on the show or not. He'll probably just make up some more lies "like usual" the explain him self away.

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    1. Irvine is a liar, he apparently served onboard HMY Britannia? ??? But he has never said for how long, from which year?? He isn't 'all that' if he has to make stuff up...... the guy is up his own ass.

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  4. I rooted for Symon when he competed on Next Iron Chef! But he was lousy on Dinner Impossible ... really, making food for a Jewish synagogue! Come on, his challenge was merely NOT using pork. His every dish on every D.I. show included pork. It was not his best hour ... and the show dragged on to TEN episodes. ugh.
    Irvine was stupid to have ever lied on his resume. Irvine is an inventive, passionate and creative chef. His palate, eye for food presentation is exemplary. He is brilliant in his on-the-fly problem solving, quick assessments, and phenomenal foodie brain!
    He apologized to fan and network alike and got back the job NO ONE else could fill. It could have been called "Irvine Impossible!"
    Getting back to Next Iron Chef ....
    Symon pushed Irvine out. It was a pathetic show. When Alton Brown had to bolster the piss-poor decision by calling all the chefs in saying it was "gummy hummus" that defeated Irvine. I threw my shoe (it was a "croc" so it didn't damage the TV). However, the credibility of the show really suffered.
    I honestly thought Chef Symon should have recused himself from the judging. The decision was unsavory. Robert made 3 over-the-top peanut dishes. The other chef played it "safe". The other judges were wimps. I am ashamed as much for Alton Brown ... and Food Network.
    Symon' obvious jaded opinion ruined it. He had the opportunity to show his professionalism by applauding Irvine's incredible inventiveness, great taste. He whined from the outset ... a "just a little to quick" to critique. It felt like a leap and a punch! Shame on Symon, Brown, Food Network.
    I AM SO GLAD CHEF ROBERT IRVINE REIGNS LARGE —AND MAY IT BE LONG— ON "RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE" HE IS BETTER THAN EVER!

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  5. Yes Robert Irvine was wrong in lying, however he commands more attention on the show. After seeing the giggly softer side of Symon on The Chew, I can't possibly see him cast on Dinner Impossible or Restaurant Impossible.

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  6. I never did nor will I ever like Symon! Robert Irvine is tops in my book. I used to like Food Network because of Alton Brown..but now the only
    food network show I'll watch is Robert Irvine on "Restaurant Impossible"! Is everyone intimitated by Symon, and if they are...WHY????? He's nothing...wake up and realize it before he's the reason that no one watches anything on the food network channel !!

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  7. As far as I'm concerned, Robert irvine would be a better Iron Chef than Symon will ever be. Symon is BARELY an iron Chef and gets his butt kicked all the time. And I hate when he giggles

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    1. Are you kidding- Symon never loses and is the best chef on the show

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    2. He's a cock smooch. And he NEVER wins hahahaha. Robert Irvine is better a man than symon could ever hope to be

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  8. I guess you never watched the show... I don't remember a time that Symon didn't win... Get a grip people..It's all staged/planned/scripted..etc... All of the shows. Jeesh.. Don't tell anyone but the tooth fairy isn't real either.

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  9. whoa, whoa, whoa... eeassyy, lets be fair and honest about this. Mike Symon is a great iron chef/chef, he beat flay, garces, forgione, cora, and oh yeah hello the culinary budda himself, morimoto. Do i consider Mike to be a arrogant douche, absolutely but wouldnt you too? Robert Irvine is the Hulk Hogan of food. Robert first off could probably beat up symon physically and at an Extreme Chef competition. I lost respect for Irvine when he lied about how important he is, but c'mon your not going to tell me that Food Network dosent have its share of politics, insiders and outsiders. What happened at Iron Chef was "them" teaching Rober a lesson...Symon was the yes sir chef who carried out the sentencing. Cut throat, im happy being the pirate chef, no yes sirs, no hoops to jump, no assholes telling me " gummy hummus".

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  10. Well, the facts in the original post are a bit wrong. DINNER Impossible was Robert's show when the whole resume controversy blew up. He was replaced by Symon. I'm a fan of the show, and I'm a fan of Symon since watching him win a spot on "Next Iron Chef" and later seeing him on his other shows. He's a smart, entertaining chef. He did have one show that supposedly was a lesson on how to be an Iron Chef, but it was HORRIBLE. It was quickly canceled. He was very weak when he replaced Robert on Dinner Impossible. The show did not seem to suit his style and he always seemed to be out of sorts. Robert's fan base helped him back onto the Food Network and get his spot back on that show. It was after that when Restaurant Impossible was started which was a copy-cat show to Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. I never thought that Symon might be getting a bit of revenge for Robert's return to Dinner Impossible, but that was Robert's show from the start, not Symon's. I was surprised when Robert was kicked out of Next Iron Chef so quickly since he is obviously well suited to that kind of competition. People being who they are, perhaps it was Symon not wanting Robert to join him as an Iron Chef. Maybe not because of the Dinner Impossible stint, but maybe because he has a problem with an Iron Chef that lied on his resume. Either way, Robert still hosts two very popular shows on the Food Network and is probably not hurting too much from not being an Iron Chef.

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  11. I live in Cleveland and have met Symon and also know people who have worked for him and with him. He is a genuinely kind person and creative and excellent chef. I don't know the drama that occurred or ensued but I think you DQ's are just looking for something to bitch about. I doubt Symon or Irvine give a flying fricassee what any of you think. They are both doing fine. Bon appetit!

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  12. I think Chef Robert Irvine is a big muscle bottom queen! I love him!

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  13. Irvine reminds me of a sterotypical nazi thug and would have been great in any of the movies portraying that character. His behavior on restaurant impossible is horrible. What a bully

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  14. Nobody commenting, including me, knows exactly how all of this played out. I love Symon, am charmed by the giggle,and hate to think he would be petty. Perhaps he was not a fan of someone lying to get a gig. Food Network execs were also probably embarrassed that they did not check Irvine's references more carefully. Speaking of Irvine,I was delighted to see him back. He always seems like a bull in a china shop at first,but in the end, manages to pull it off whatever challenge he is given. These shows are all planned,rehearsed and staged, so in the end, it is about personality, and they both have that in spades.

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  15. People on the Food Network come and go based on popularity with the viewers, so Irvine coming back means he is popular, and deservedly so. Symon is also easy to watch, and very talented. I am glad they worked things out with Irvine, and that both chefs remain on the air. Makes one wonder what will happen with Paula Deen, after her sudden termination. With the Diabetes scandal not that long ago, and now the allegations against her still unresolved, it is hard to believe they would hire her back the way did Robert.

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  16. Isn't it ironic that Irvine admits to lying and gets his job back and yet Dean is thrown out for telling the truth!?

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  17. Its so clear whoever wrote this article is so far up irvines ass. Symon is a culinary genius. Irvine lies about his accomplishments disgust me-he don't deserve to be a iron chef and I don't think he could hack it!!!!! Shoot up some more muscle juice roid head

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