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Resume Fraud

We reported last March that Chef Robert Irvine had been unceremoniously terminated from his Food Network show Dinner Impossible for embellishing his resume.  Irvine claimed that he made the cake for Princess Diana’s royal wedding and that he was given a castle by his friend, Queen Elizabeth.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Irvine was only benched for a year and will be returning to the show in it’s upcoming season. See below.

When Michael Symon was offered the gig to host popular cable television series “Dinner: Impossible,” viewers knew that the winner of “Food Network’s Next Iron Chef” was taking over for a disgraced chef.

What they didn’t know was that Symon would be a temporary replacement. Food Network officials announced that former series host Robert Irvine will be returning to “Dinner Impossible.” Irvine has been rehired to film six new episodes for the series, to be aired sometime
in March 2009.

A resume apparently laced with a variety of exaggerations and false assertions led to Irvine’s removal by the network as series host. In an article published last February in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, reporter Ben Montgomery refuted various Irvine claims – among them, that he helped bake the cake for the fairytale wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, held the title of Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and that his friend, Queen Elizabeth II, had given him a castle.

In a statement to the media, a Food Network spokeswoman explained what led to Irvine’s return to the show.

“Our audience has continued to demonstrate its interest in and support for Robert,” said network spokeswoman Carrie Welch. “He has taken responsibility and made a conscious effort to clear the air, rebuild the relationship with Food Network and apologize for the earlier inaccuracies.”

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Now, we’re big Michael Symon fans here in Cleveland, so we are sorry to see him go, but the truth is that Irvine was better suited for the role.

I have no concerns about Irvine being brought back, but strongly applaud Food Network’s fitting punishment for the resume fraud.  This is a rampant problem in today’s workplace and it is important that people see that there are ramifications for the decisions they make. We continue to find a nearly 60% discrepancy rate when conducting verifications between what an applicant represents and what an employer or academic institution reports.








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13 Responses to “Food Network Looks Beyond Chef Irvine’s Resume Fraud”

  1. kalara says:

    YES YES YES CHEF ROBERT IRVINE IS BACK AMEN TO THAT.

    CHEF MS IS OK BUT THIS JOB IS NOT HIM . AND MEDIA I WISH THEY STOP STICKING THERE NOSE WHERE DON’T BELONG , SAME THING HAPPEN TO JAG BUT TO US JAG STILL THE WINNER. YEAH SPEAKING OF WINNER OF THE NEXT FOODNETWORK STAR HELLO WHERE IS AMY THE WINNER EXCUSES ME . NO WHERE TO BE SEEN . JAG SHOULD WIN IT AND WHO CARE ABOUT HIM MAKING THE MISTAKE EVERYBODY MAKE MISTAKE INCLUDE FOODNETWORK . AND THANK GOODNESS YOU BOUGHT CHEF IRVINE BACK . CHEF ROBERT IRVINE MY FAMILY AND I WE SALUTE YOU GOOD JOB . OH MEDIA TWO WORD FOR YOU SUCK IT.

  2. SP says:

    I stoped watching the show, after I heard Robert Irvine got let go…Good Job Food Network, and Thanks for Bringing him Back. !!!! I want to See him go head to head with one of the Iron Chefs in Kitchen Stadium… That would be a good one.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I was upset when I heard that Robert lied on his resume and stopped watching the episodes with him in it. Now that I have read your article about him saying that he made Princess Di’s cake and he was given a castle… that is no big deal in my mind.

    I loved Michael esp the pork man making Passover. I hope Food Network finds a 2nd show for him and I will welcome Robert back on April 9th…

  4. miss miriam says:

    I had stopped watching the Food Network since the firing of Chef Robert Irvine.
    I have seen more great resumes for people with poor work ethics , and little talent.
    Talent wins out , and Chef Robrt Irvine has it.

  5. miss miriam says:

    I have not watched the Food Network since Chef Robert Irvine was fired.
    I have seen many a great resume for people with poor work ethitcs, and little talent.
    What ever Robert Irvine did in his past has shaped him into the person, and talent he is today. Heaven knows Chef Robert was not guilty of selling out National security secrets, or adbucting children. Lucky for the Food Network, and the missing viewing audience that he is back.

  6. Douglas and Pamela Seeley says:

    Food Network:

    Thanks a bunch. Like others, we have enjoyed watching Chef Irvine and we are sooooo happy to see him back. The show was made for him and he seems to be very comfortable in that position. One show that really hit home was when he was on the Iron Chef. He brought a lot of enthusiasm to that show and one could see that everyone enjoyed working with him and joking with him. In the end when Chef Cora jumped up and wrapped her legs around him, it said it all. You could see that everyone was having a really great time and it played well. Thanks Food Network for bringing him back. By the way, as foodies and serious diners, my wife and I have enjoyed dining in a number of the iron chef’s own restaurants around the States. We have also dined in a number of chef’s restaurants that have battled with the Iron Chef’s.

  7. Henry says:

    I personally do not know how MS did as the Dinner Impossible host, I never watched 1 episode with him. I do think that regardless of the inconsistencies with RI resume, he was captivating as the host of Dinner Impossible. Thanks food network for bringing him back. I would have to say that Dinner Impossible with RI was one of my favorite shows. It was just not the same with MS, therefore I never watched. I know…I probably should have given him a chance, but I guess I am somewhat resistent to change.

  8. Personally, I think firing chef Irvine sent the right message and to bring him back just contradicts the first action. I think this shows a lack of integrity on behalf of Food Network. In the working world, people who embellish their resume usually fall flat on their face when they don’t live up to their self-proclaimed abilities. It seems that chef Irvine was allowed to keep working simply because he was competent despite his exxagerations.

  9. Jeff says:

    I’ve got to agree with most of the above comments. Robert Irvine was MADE for this role. He takes it sooo seriously and runs the missions like it was do or die. It makes for fabulous television, and indeed, his finished products always look deeelicious..Symon was ok, but he is no Irvine. Great job by the Food Network in satisfying it’s many fans..me included…thank you for the return of the inimitable chef Robert Irvine

  10. kathy says:

    Thank you Food Network for making Wednesday evenings special again. Chef Robert was the only reason my husband and I watched Food Network on Wednesday evenings. We love Guy on Mondays, and are looking forward to the return of Iron Chef. We had a chance to meet Robert when he was in Pittsburgh, PA, and he was such a nice man. I really do not care about embellishments on his resume. One can see by watching his show, he knows what he is doing and is indeed a superb chef.

    Thanks again.

    Kathy

  11. Sandy Wilson says:

    We stopped watching Dinner: Impossible once Chef Robert Irvine was no longer the host. I will tell you that he is one of the finest people my family has ever met. He befriended our son, Jordan when we met him at Hilton Head. Jordan is undergoing chemo and radiation for leukemia and Chef Robert has kept in contact with him all through his treatment. We have been his guests at his restaurant on HH Island called “eat!”–the food is wonderful as is Chef Irvine. http://www.caringbridge.org.visit/jordanwilsonupdate

  12. Name Kathleena Lawton says:

    I stopped watching the show after Chef Robert was let go. I really could care less about embellishments on his resume, really in today’s working society it happens more than you know. Robert made a mistake, and trust me he knows it. Dinner Impossible without Irvine? That is insane he was made for the show. Symon was okay, however, he was no Irvine…I am happy that the Food Network decided on having Irvine back on the show. He makes the show, it is almost as if it is his destiny to be the host of Dinner Impossible he is a captivavting host. Cleary by watching him on the show you know he knows exactly what he is doing. I have always been a fan of Chef Robert Irvine and I am estatic he is back on my favorite show…

    Thanks

    Kathleena Lawton

  13. Name Barbara says:

    I have always thought that if a person can do the job, and it takes a little white lie to get it in the first place, it is justified. In this case though, the degree of the stretch of the truth is a bit much. But … he is the right man for the job.

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