With more than 25 years in the culinary profession, Chef Robert Irvine has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. As the host of one of the Food Network's highest rated shows, Restaurant: Impossible, Irvine saves struggling restaurants across America by assessing and overhauling the restaurant's weakest spots. Irvine was previously the host of Food Network's Dinner: Impossible and Worst Cooks in America, has authored two cookbooks, Mission: Cook! and Impossible to Easy, and one healthy living book, Fit Fuel: A Chef's Guide to Eating Well and Living Your Best Life. Irvine is currently on tour with his new, interactive live show Robert Irvine Live, and appears regularly as an expert guest on national morning and daytime talk shows. Irvine recently established the eponymously named non-profit organization, The Robert Irvine Foundation, in an effort to support military personnel and their families. For more information on Chef Robert Irvine, visitwww.ChefIrvine.com.

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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
Cooking my first quiche lorraine in home economics class when I was a kid! Then moving on to cook for years in the Royal Navy.

If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?
I love interacting with my fans with my toes in the sand! Way too many great memories to share just one. You have to come and experience it.

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