NEW YORK --
Robert Irvine, host of Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible,” came aboard USS New York Nov. 8, 2009, in Manhattan to cook for and with the Marines of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force 26 and the sailors of USS New York, many of whom were fans of the show.
Irvine, Randall Williams, Irvine’s business partner, and the cooks of USS New York prepared a chicken white-bean chili for SPMAGTF-26 Marines and the ship’s crew for brunch. Inside the kitchen, Irvine conversed and joked around with the troops.
“Today we came here to have a little fun with the sailors and Marines in the galley,” he said.
By 10:30 a.m. the dish was ready to be served to a long line of hungry Marines and sailors invading the mess hall. Irvine helped serve the food to the troops.
The celebrity chef said he felt the staff in the kitchen worked extremely well together and today was a perfect example of what the Navy-Marine Corps team means.
“What I saw today in the galley was a team, a coherent team. That cohesiveness is amazing. The camaraderie is second to none,” he said. “It’s very unusual to see a kitchen run as smoothly, especially on a new ship like this,” he added.
USS New York, which was commissioned Nov. 7, is the newest vessel in the Naval fleet. Irvine, a former chief petty officer in the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, was extremely impressed with the new ship’s modern features.
“I love the way in which it’s laid out,” he said. “Obviously (there is) more walkway, more space that people can actually move around. It’s much easier for the guys when they have all their equipment to get up and down (the stairs),” he added.
After lunch, Irvine took the opportunity to autograph photos for SPMAGTF-26 Marines and USS New York sailors. He also spent time with several of his fans aboard the ship.
At the end of a successful visit, Irvine had a message for the Marines of SPMAGTF-26 and sailors of USS New York, “Continue to do your job. Continue to have fun and continue to always remember that people out here love you for what you do every day. God bless you and be safe. Oorah!”