Saturday, March 01, 2008

Dinner, Er, Impossible

The Food Network is one of our family's favorite cable channels. It's a dependably happy, cheery place to turn when one is tired of the news or the daily grind.

It was thus quite a shock to learn that Food Network is letting Chef Robert Irvine, star of DINNER: IMPOSSIBLE, go amidst claims that he padded his resume.

Our whole family enjoys this show; it's fun to watch Chef Robert and his staff create meals "on the fly" in whatever new situation they're in. We noticed the last episode had a different opening credits sequence -- apparently this was done in order to remove his career credentials which are usually part of the credits.

While the majority of the blame for any wrongdoing must be laid at Chef Robert's feet, one also has to wonder about the Food Network and their lack of due diligence before giving someone their own TV show.

The Food Network seems to leave the door open a bit: "We appreciate Robert's remorse about his actions, and we can revisit this decision at the end of the production cycle, but for now we will be looking for a replacement host."


Thanks to J.C. Loophole of The Shelf, a fellow DINNER: IMPOSSIBLE fan, for taking the time to let me know about this story.


Blogger jau said...

That's horrible. Robert was wonderful, whatever his credentials. Surely good tv is the point? Surely Rachel Ray's credentials aren't so spectacular? Or Paula Dean's? Irvine produced wonderful meals, no matter what his background. What a crazy world.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

Whoda thunk. How do these people in the public eye think that these things will never come to light? Anyway, I'd keep him on the show because he obviously pulls in the viewers, its a clever if not stressful premise and its after all, only cooking not sitting in the Oval office.

5:51 PM  

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