Along with Guy Fieri and Bobby Flay, there are few chefs who are as associated with Food Network like Robert Irvine. The no nonsense chef has been a fixture on the network since the early days, with Restaurant: Impossible now thought of as a staple of the network.
In fact, Robert Irvine and Restaurant: Impossible have become so popular that when it was announced that new episodes of the series would air exclusively on the Discovery Plus streaming service, there was such an uproar among fans that the network smartly decided to air the show on the cable network as well.
Now it has been announced that Irvine will be taking his big personality and talent in a new direction. One that has more of a global reach and might introduce viewers to cuisine and cooking styles they have never seen before.
As reported by Mashed, Irvine will be hosting a new series for Discovery Plus called The Globe. The show will see chefs compete to see who can adapt and embrace the food and the cooking styles of a particular city somewhere in the world. Think Chopped but instead of baskets, the cooks have to deal with cities.
The first season of The Globe with Robert Irvine will last five episodes.
To win The Globe, four chefs will compete in three rounds, with the city they have to focus on being revealed at the beginning of each round. The locations announced so far include Memphis, Lima, Mexico City, Maui and more. To win, the chefs will have to impress Irvine as well as chef Daniela Soto-Innes and a rotating celebrity judge. The winner of each episode will win a free trip to one of the cities they just used as inspiration.
But wait, there’s more. For the finale, the winners of the four previous episodes will duke it out for the grand prize of $25,000 and of course the all important bragging rights that goes along with winning The Globe.
And of course, this wouldn’t be a Food Network show without copious amounts of guest appearances from cooking celebrities. The list includes such notable names as Masaharu Morimoto, Tenagne Belachew, Gabriele Bertaccini, Rupam Bhagat, Edgar Chase, Dominique Crenn, Robert Johnson, Bricia Lopez and Ricardo Zarate.
So pack your things. The five-episode first season of The Globe will arrive on Discovery Plus on July 17. The series should appeal to lovers of both travel and food and if anyone has the personality to make a series such as this a success, it’s Robert Irvine.