Celebrity chef Robert Irvine is British, married to a Canadian pro wrestler, and has been accused of fabricating much of his resumé. He's also opening a new restaurant inside the Pentagon.
Irvine, who has jumped around on several Food Network shows, announced the venture on Monday via Twitter (with a smiley face emoticon no less):
On the road again headed to DC this morning for meetings.we are opening a restaurant in the Pentagon yea awesome.. Have a great day folks 😃— Robert Irvine (@RobertIrvine) May 19, 2014
The announcement prompted this intriguing look into how the roughly 30,000 Pentagon employees manage to eat throughout the course of their day. (Did you know the Pentagon Food Court has an outpost by a luxury chocolatier?) Turns out, they don't eat so well:
Surprisingly for an organization that places a priority on physical fitness, most of the Pentagon’s food offerings are not considered especially healthy, featuring fast food outlets like Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Burger King, McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts. The line at eateries with relatively healthier offerings, like Subway, is often very long."
First of all, that doesn't sound so bad. Second of all, Subway is not healthy. Come on. Nevertheless, perception is perception.
Irvine, who happens to be totally jacked, has done some work to promote healthy eating and has also gone to Afghanistan with the USO and worked with the Wounded Warriors Project.
But even just a cursory look into the biography of Robert Irvine should raise all kinds of red flags, especially given that Irvine is going to be setting up shop in the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense.
According to a 2008 Tampa Bay Times investigation of Irvine's credentials for a story about two restaurant ventures in South Florida of his that never came to fruition, it was more than suggested that Irvine had been untruthful or exaggeration the following biographical plot points: