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Why is Chef Robert Irvine hosting Restaurant: Impossible?

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Took a chance, turned it on (nothing else on LOL), watching my first episode. And I'm wondering...
If Chef Irvine has NEVER opened nor run a restaurant, how on earth can he give advice about how to turn around a failing restaurant into a profitable one? Where is his management/business expertise in this arena? Chef Ramsay has the history of restaurant opening, closing, profitability and so on. I'm sure I'm missing something, but has Chef Irvine EVER opened or run his own restaurant?

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  1. I don't know if Irvine has a history of opening restaurants, but he does have a history of not opening them: http://www.sptimes.com/2008/02/17/Sou...

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    1. re: TrishUntrapped

      Hahahahaha! So true! That was what I was wondering, I mean, here he is on TV pontificating about how a restaurant is in the pooper because of blah blah blah and I thought, hmmm, that's pretty rich for a cruise line chef and an executive chef of an established restaurant run by somebody else...

    2. If BS was music, Irvine would be a brass band. He's a mendacious plonker according to past press on his exaggerated resume and nose-stretching fibs.

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      1. re: Kagemusha

        I seriously want the Facebook LIKE button for this post. :-D

        "Mendacious plonker" - Kagemusha - you win the Internetz for that phrasing.

        1. George Clooney isn't a doctor. But he played one on TV. Just saying, for whatever that's worth.

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            1. The irony is that most of these restaurants are so bad that anybody could help them turn it around. When you walk in and it smells like grease and stale beer or the kitchen is covered in filth.