The Food Network
Monday, May 16, 2016 | 8:20 p.m.
TV celebrity chef Robert Irvine, host of the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” who has tackled some of the toughest culinary challenges, is opening his first signature restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip in a partnership with the Tropicana.
Bob Sheldon, president of Las Vegas Operations for Tropicana’s parent company, Penn National Gaming, made the announcement official this evening:
“We are thrilled to be the Las Vegas home to such an acclaimed world-class chef. With his unparalleled passion, energy and culinary skills, he is the perfect addition to our family.
“Chef Robert has tackled some of the toughest culinary challenges around the world, and we’re excited to have him take on Las Vegas right here at the Tropicana.”
The flamboyant and muscular British chef said in a news release: “From the moment I stepped foot in Las Vegas, I have been on a mission to break the barrier into the food-and-dining scene here.
“I am excited to join the city’s impeccable culinary talent, and I could not be happier with my decision to embark on this journey right here at Tropicana Las Vegas.”
Eric Schippers, senior VP of Public Affairs for PNG, presented Robert with a $5,000 donation to the Robert Irvine Foundation, a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization that “honors the men and women defending our country, first responders and the many other heroes in our lives.”
Said Robert: “I greatly appreciate the support of Penn National Gaming to help further the mission of my foundation, which serves as the cornerstone of everything I do. All of my shows, products and partnerships help support individuals and organizations committed to enriching the lives of our heroes and their families.”
The modern American-inspired restaurant will debut on Tropicana’s Double Tree Hilton property casino floor in 2017 with a nothing-is-impossible attitude .
With more than 25 years in the culinary profession, Robert 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,” Robert saves struggling restaurants across America by assessing and overhauling weak spots.
He previously hosted the Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible” and “Worst Cooks in America” and has authored two cookbooks, “Mission: Cook!” and “Impossible to Easy,” and a healthy living book, “Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well and Living Your Best Life.”
He is on tour with his interactive live show “Robert Irvine Live” and appears regularly as an expert guest on morning and daytime talk shows. Last year, he launched Robert Irvine Foods, a company that features nutritionally improved products without compromising taste.
Robert established his nonprofit the Robert Irvine Foundation to support military personnel and their families. The foundation continues to grow and assist those in need. In recent years, Robert was honored with two distinguished recognitions for his dedication to the armed services and our country’s heroes.
He was first designated honorary chief petty officer by the U.S. Navy and has been awarded the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Support of Our Service Members, a distinguished Patriot Award bestowed upon him by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
Continuing his support of the military, Robert will soon become the first celebrity chef to open a restaurant, Chef Robert Irvine’s Fresh Kitchen, at the Pentagon this summer. He also has announced the launch of his Robert Irvine magazine.
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Tropicana Las Vegas sits on the south-east corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, an intersection which has the most adjacent hotel rooms in the world, also making it one of the most busy. The hotel has 1,658 rooms, three restaurants, a 62,011-square foot casino and a spa.