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Chef Robert Irvine will appear RialSquare Theatre April 20.  |   File photo

Chef Robert Irvine will appear at the Rialto Square Theatre on April 20. | File photo

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Chef Robert
Irvine — Live

♦ 8 p.m. April 20

♦ Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet

♦ Tickets, $29-$59

♦ (815) 726-6600

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Updated: April 20, 2013 9:54AM



Many people who might recognize Chef Robert Irvine from his appearances on Food Network television shows such as “Restaurant: Impossible,” “Dinner: Impossible,” “Worst Cooks in America” or “The Next Iron Chef,” do not get a chance to see the chef up close.

That is the main reason that Irvine has decided to do a live show and have audience members interact with him on stage.

“You can see my shows or go to my restaurants, but you can’t really get to see me,” Irvine said.

“So this gives fans and audience members a chance to see me in person.”

“Chef Robert Irvine — Live” will be presented on April 20 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet.

“Chef Robert Irvine — Live” is a high-energy, multimedia theatrical experience.

The interactive show provides multiple opportunities for audience participation.

“It is not just a cooking show,” Irvine said.

“The show has lots of ups and downs and, of course, there will be food.”

In the show, multiple cameras are set up on stage to provide a close-up view of Irvine.

Music and video content combine seamlessly with the cooking to provide a multi-sensory experience. In each segment of the show, Irvine faces a new culinary test.

“We have a series of challenges,” Irvine said.

“Audience members partake in that. There is always laughter. There are several cameras on stage and five screens showing what is happening. It is very visual.”

A native of England, Irvine joined the British Royal Navy at the age of 15 and started to hone his culinary skills in the kitchen.

As part of his service for the Royal Navy, Irvine was selected to work on board the Royal Yacht Britannia.

During his career, he also had the opportunity to serve 6,000 servicemen and women on a U.S. aircraft carrier.

Irvine, who owns two restaurants in South Carolina and has authored two cookbooks, is probably best known as the host of “Restaurant: Impossible.”

The show continues its successful run as one of Food Network’s most popular shows and has just begin its sixth season.

On “Restaurant: Impossible,” Irvine attempts to save America’s most desperate restaurants from failure in just two days with only $10,000.

By updating the menu, retraining the staff and implementing aesthetic changes with the help of his design team, Irvine fights to rescue the restaurants and give hope to the owners and their employees.

Irvine is pleased that he is able to help other restaurant owners.

“We give a second hope to some of these restaurants,” he said.

“We have done 71 restaurants, and 63 of them are doing amazing. So that’s about 90 percent of our work being successful.”

Although television shows and the touring for the live stage show keep Irvine busy, he does not seem to mind.

“I travel more than 340 days out of the year,” he said. “But I enjoy what I do.”



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