How long does it take to get over disgrace? That depends. In Robert Irvine's case, it seems that the answer is "not very long".
Last February Super Chef reported :
Super Chef has been following the Robert Irvine Affair - the Food Network star of Dinner: Impossible who, the St. Petersburg Times discovered, faked his resume - including faking a knighthood, experience in the White House kitchen, and even friendship with Prince Charles. It's quite an amazing hoax.
Robert has evidently cleaned up his resume enough that the Food Network signed him on in December for a new season of Dinner: Impossible.
But in between L'Affair Irvine and his return April 8 at 10:00 pm ET/PT, the busy Iron Chef, Michael Symon took on the Dinner: Impossible role. Now that Michael is being replaced by Robert, Michael's line is that he knew all along that this was a temporary gig, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer:
"We didn't 'lose' [the show]," Symon added. "I knew going in that there was a 95 percent chance that he'd be coming back. We really want to keep this brand alive. So we came in, rocked out the 10 shows, and moved on."
Really? Has Michael Symon become synonymous with the Food Network? Would any chef work hard at a show knowing someone else was going to host it next?
Aren't there plenty of talented, TV-savvy chefs without faked resumes who could take Michael's and Robert's place?
By the way, this is what the Food Network has for Robert's current resume:
Born in England, Robert Irvine began cooking at the age of 15, when he joined the Royal Navy. As part of his service, he worked on board the Royal Yacht Britannia where the Royal Family and their entourages regularly dined. In addition, Robert participated in a guest chef program, allowing him to cook at the White House. In his 25 year-long career, he had the opportunity to serve 6,000 servicemen and women on a US aircraft carrier and plan the menu at a spectacular celebrity-studded after-party at the Academy Awards. Robert also wrote a cookbook entitled “Mission: Cook!” (Harper Collins, 2007). He currently owns his own multi-faceted company, The Irvine Group.
Maybe Robert has something to teach other disgraced actors, politicians, and reporters. Super Chef suggests the title of his next book should be: Liar, Liar.