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Chef Robert Irvine will take on cooking challenges at his Crest Theatre performance.

Chef Robert Irvine flexes his culinary muscles

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 - 10:59 am

Celebrity chef-restaurateur Robert Irvine is here, there and everywhere, including on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel with his hit shows “Restaurant: Impossible,” “Restaurant Express” and “Dinner: Impossible.”

Now he’s bringing his chops, so to speak, to the Crest Theatre in “Robert Irvine Live,” a “high energy” two-hour show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14.

What’s on the agenda? The British-born Irvine will take on “culinary challenges chosen at random by the audience” and wheel those into cooking demonstrations on the stage.

But wait, there’s more: The audience will also take a video trip through Irvine’s 25-year career. As a member of the British Royal Navy, he cooked aboard Her Majesty’s Royal Yacht Brittania and worked in the Naval Mess in the West Wing of the White House. In a second career, he was executive chef on several cruise ships.

Irvine is every bit as buff as he appears on TV (he travels with a personal trainer), and as funny and manic. He was a hit at the fourth annual South Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival in November, preparing several exclusive dinners and delivering a rollicking cooking demo in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s. That night, in a classy move, he introduced his wife to the crowd. Afterward, fans lined up for autographs and photo ops. It was easy to see why.

For tickets to the Crest event:, (800) 225-2277, or walk up to the box office at 1013 K St., Sacramento. Tickets are $40, $55 and $60.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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