Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine To Demonstrate
Culinary Techniques at MCCC Oct. 11


9/5/07


From the Royal House of England to the U.S. White House, from charitable events around the globe to his own cooking show on Food Network, Chef Robert Irvine is making a distinctive mark on the culinary world. On Thursday, Oct. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m., Chef Irvine visits the Mercer campus, where he will demonstrate his cooking secrets and share stories from his new book, Mission Cook! My Life, My Recipes and Making the Impossible Easy. The event is open to the public and takes place in the Communications Building, CM110, on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Members of the MCCC Hospitality Club will prepare samples of Irvine's dishes, which will be available for tasting following his presentation.

Host of Food Network's hit show, "Dinner: Impossible!," the British native began his culinary training in the Royal Navy at the age of fifteen and quickly came to the attention of his superiors. For the next ten years, Irvine served aboard the Royal Yacht, Britannia, traveling the world preparing exceptional cuisine for royalty, presidents and high-ranking dignitaries.

Robert Irvine will share stories and recipes from
his new book, "Mission: Cook!", on Oct. 11.

Following his navy service, he journeyed to exotic locales including Bali, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City as a culinary consultant. He has served as director of culinary operations and executive chef at the Trump Taj Mahal and Caesars Atlantic City, and currently serves as director of food services/executive chef at Resorts Atlantic City.

Irvine is regularly invited to cook for heads of state, high-ranking dignitaries and celebrities. He has cooked for four U.S. presidents: Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He is a trustee of the American Academy of Hospitality Science's Five-Star Diamond Award and serves on numerous judging panels and culinary committees throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Irvine's unique new book - described as part memoir, part cookbook - encompasses some of the most memorable aspects of his 25-year culinary career, including serving as chef to the British Royal Household; cooking over open fires for 3,000 refugees on a beach in South Yemen; and creating a spectacular menu for a star-studded Academy Awards after-party. Also included are some of Irvine's most distinctive recipes: Windsor angel food cake, Maryland corn crab chowder, chicken tikka masala, and green peppercorn steak au poivre.

The ticket price is $35 in advance or $40 at the door, and includes a copy of Irvine's book, "Mission: Cook!" Irvine will be available to sign books after the presentation. You may register online or call 800-483-7436. A portion of the proceeds from this event will help support the services of Friends' Health Connection.

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