ROBERT IRVINE

FOUNDER

Robert Irvine is a 16 year Navy veteran, world-class chef, fitness authority, and philanthropist. He seeks to inspire people to live better through all his endeavors. A tireless supporter of our veterans, he gives back to those who defend our freedoms.

Robert pioneered a new genre of programming for Food Network with his extreme cooking challenge show, Dinner: Impossible, which ran for 7 seasons and over 100 episodes.

He parlayed that success into the even more popular Restaurant: Impossible, which ran for 13 seasons and 160 episodes. Robert didn’t just renovate restaurants and retrain staff in record time, he counseled owners through personal problems that were destroying their businesses. At its peak, 1.2 million viewers tuned in on a weekly basis.

Robert has also hosted or appeared on Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, Next Iron Chef, Restaurant Express, Chopped: Impossible, Guy’s Grocery Games: Impossible, A Hero’s Welcome, Food Network Star, ABC’s Body of Proof, ABC Family’s Melissa and Joey among others.

Robert is the author of three books: Impossible to Easy, Mission: Cook, and Fit Fuel. The first two cookbooks break down complex, gourmet dishes in a way that the home chef can easily execute. The third book, Fit Fuel draws on Robert’s status as a fitness authority—he was once named one of the 25 Fittest Guys in America by Men’s Fitness magazine, kept a monthly recipe column in Muscle & Fitness magazine for five years, and currently has a video recipe series running on BodyBuilding.com. Fit Fuel is a healthy living manual that combines whole-food recipes with motivation and workout advice. Robert is currently working on an as-yet untitled fourth book, this one aimed at family meals.

In 2013 Robert launched his FitCrunch line of protein bars, which has since expanded to protein brownies and powders. Built around the concept that healthy eating doesn’t mean depriving yourself, FitCrunch has been an unqualified worldwide hit with the bars available in myriad convenience stores and most major retailers.

In May 2016, Robert launched Robert Irvine Magazine (www.RobertIrvineMagazine.com) a free digital magazine focusing on healthy recipes, fitness advice, and motivation for success in all areas of life. The magazine keeps a strong focus on Robert’s appearance schedule, particularly with the USO and other military functions, and interviews a wide range of celebrities to talk about success, food, and fitness. Past interviews have included a wide range of athletes, military personnel, and actors, including Gary Sinise, Deepak Chopra, Joe Manganiello, and Gary Player.

Robert is a tireless supporter of our nation’s military. He believes that none of his success would be possible without the brave men and women who defend our freedoms, and so he gives back generously with his time and treasure. Robert founded The Robert Irvine Foundation in 2014 to support the veterans and veteran causes that need the most help. A portion of the proceeds from Robert Irvine Foods goes directly to the foundation, along with public donations. The full amount of these funds are then disbursed through the foundation’s grants program. Past grants have been awarded to the USO, Valor Service Dogs, the Gary Sinise Foundation, and the American Veterans Center.

Robert gives of his time by attending troop rallies held by the Gary Sinise Foundation and by touring regularly with the USO. Robert has been on several USO tours that took him to far corners of the globe; he most recently toured with the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is also a member of the board of the directors of The USO’s DC-Metro chapter, the largest chartered chapter of the organization.

Continuing his support of the military, Irvine became the first celebrity chef to open a restaurant, aptly named Chef Robert Irvine’s Fresh Kitchen, at the Pentagon in the fall of 2016. Irvine also opened a sprawling Gold’s Gym franchise in Largo, Florida in January 2017 and opened a new restaurant featuring elevated pub food, Robert Irvine’s Public House, at the Tropicana Las Vegas in July 2017.

In 2017, Robert also teamed up with Boardroom Spirits as a co-owner. It was apparent from the start, Robert’s values match the distillery’s commitment to providing “better for you” spirits with a focus on providing ingredient transparency.

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Ambassador of the Culinary Institute of America awarded in December 2007
  • Chef Professional from La Toque Blanche International
  • 2001 Culinary Excellence Award granted at Carnegie Hall by the Culinary Institute of America and the American Tasting Institute
  • Trustee of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences’ Five-Star Diamond Award
  • Member of the Malta Chefs Society (MCS)
  • Episode of Restaurant: Impossible in the Culinary Hall of Fame
  • United States Navy Honorary Chief Petty Officer
  • Medal of Honor Society’s Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment
  • US Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award, Spring 2016
  • Spirit of Hope Award, 2017

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ROBERT IRVINE

FOUNDER

Robert Irvine is a world-class chef, fitness authority, and philanthropist. He seeks to inspire people to live better through all his endeavors. A tireless supporter of our veterans, he gives back to those who defend our freedoms.

Robert pioneered a new genre of programming for Food Network with his extreme cooking challenge show, Dinner: Impossible, which ran for 7 seasons and over 100 episodes.

He parlayed that success into the even more popular Restaurant: Impossible, which ran for 13 seasons and 160 episodes. Robert didn’t just renovate restaurants and retrain staff in record time, he counseled owners through personal problems that were destroying their businesses. At its peak, 1.2 million viewers tuned in on a weekly basis.

Robert has also hosted or appeared on Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, Next Iron Chef, Restaurant Express, Chopped: Impossible, Guy’s Grocery Games: Impossible, A Hero’s Welcome, Food Network Star, ABC’s Body of Proof, ABC Family’s Melissa and Joey among others.

Robert is the author of three books: Impossible to Easy, Mission: Cook, and Fit Fuel. The first two cookbooks break down complex, gourmet dishes in a way that the home chef can easily execute. The third book, Fit Fuel draws on Robert’s status as a fitness authority—he was once named one of the 25 Fittest Guys in America by Men’s Fitness magazine, kept a monthly recipe column in Muscle & Fitness magazine for five years, and currently has a video recipe series running on BodyBuilding.com. Fit Fuel is a healthy living manual that combines whole-food recipes with motivation and workout advice. Robert is currently working on an as-yet untitled fourth book, this one aimed at family meals.

In 2013 Robert launched his FitCrunch line of protein bars, which has since expanded to protein brownies and powders. Built around the concept that healthy eating doesn’t mean depriving yourself, FitCrunch has been an unqualified worldwide hit with the bars available in myriad convenience stores and most major retailers.

In May 2016, Robert launched Robert Irvine Magazine (www.RobertIrvineMagazine.com) a free digital magazine focusing on healthy recipes, fitness advice, and motivation for success in all areas of life. The magazine keeps a strong focus on Robert’s appearance schedule, particularly with the USO and other military functions, and interviews a wide range of celebrities to talk about success, food, and fitness. Past interviews have included a wide range of athletes, military personnel, and actors, including Gary Sinise, Deepak Chopra, Joe Manganiello, and Gary Player.

Robert is a tireless supporter of our nation’s military. He believes that none of his success would be possible without the brave men and women who defend our freedoms, and so he gives back generously with his time and treasure. Robert founded The Robert Irvine Foundation in 2014 to support the veterans and veteran causes that need the most help. A portion of the proceeds from Robert Irvine Foods goes directly to the foundation, along with public donations. The full amount of these funds are then disbursed through the foundation’s grants program. Past grants have been awarded to the USO, Valor Service Dogs, the Gary Sinise Foundation, and the American Veterans Center.

Robert gives of his time by attending troop rallies held by the Gary Sinise Foundation and by touring regularly with the USO. Robert has been on several USO tours that took him to far corners of the globe; he most recently toured with the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is also a member of the board of the directors of The USO’s DC-Metro chapter, the largest chartered chapter of the organization.

Continuing his support of the military, Irvine became the first celebrity chef to open a restaurant, aptly named Chef Robert Irvine’s Fresh Kitchen, at the Pentagon in the fall of 2016. Irvine also opened a sprawling Gold’s Gym franchise in Largo, Florida in January 2017 and opened a new restaurant featuring elevated pub food, Robert Irvine’s Public House, at the Tropicana Las Vegas in July 2017.

In 2017, Robert also teamed up with Boardroom Spirits as a co-owner. It was apparent from the start, Robert’s values match the distillery’s commitment to providing “better for you” spirits with a focus on providing ingredient transparency.

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Ambassador of the Culinary Institute of America awarded in December 2007
  • Chef Professional from La Toque Blanche International
  • 2001 Culinary Excellence Award granted at Carnegie Hall by the Culinary Institute of America and the American Tasting Institute
  • Trustee of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences’ Five-Star Diamond Award
  • Member of the Malta Chefs Society (MCS)
  • Episode of Restaurant: Impossible in the Culinary Hall of Fame
  • United States Navy Honorary Chief Petty Officer
  • Medal of Honor Society’s Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment
  • US Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award, Spring 2016
  • Spirit of Hope Award, 2017
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MISSION

STATEMENT

The Robert Irvine Foundation’s primary focus is on giving-back and servicing the men and women defending our country, first responders and the many other heroes in our lives (active, retired, and veterans). We strive to create awareness throughout the community about the sacrifices made by our military personnel, first responders, and their families, and inspiring community support for the men and women defending our freedom.

FINANCIALS

501C3 DOCUMENTATION

The official Robert Irvine Foundation documentation for our 501c3 status can be downloaded and verified by clicking here.

RI Foundation 2019 – 990 Form
RI Foundation 2018 – 990 Form
RI Foundation 2017 – 990 Form
RI Foundation 2016 – 990 Form
RI Foundation 2015 – 990 Form

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Robert Irvine
Founder & Chairman

Robert Irvine is a world-class chef and entrepreneur, and tireless philanthropic supporter of our nation’s military. The host of Food Network’s hit show Restaurant: Impossible, he has given struggling restaurateurs a second chance to turn their lives and businesses around in over 200 episodes and counting.

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Gail Kim-Irvine
Board of Directors

A legend in professional wrestling, she is a retired star of TNA and was inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame after retiring in 2017. Gail shares her husband’s passion for military advocacy and often accompanies him on base tours and USO tours.

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Justin Leonard
Board of Directors

Justin currently serves as COO for Chef Robert Irvine. He has been working with Robert for 10 years. He is a magma cum laude graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

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Dave Jeffries
Board of Directors

Dave has been practicing business law for over 30 years and has been working with Robert for the last 10. As part of his personal mission, Dave forms not-for-profit entities for individuals and groups desiring to give back.

Scott Sonnemaker
Board of Directors

Scott Sonnemaker served our nation in the US Navy. He was on Active Duty from 1985-1990 and served through 4 deployments. Scott has worked closely with Robert Irvine and the Foundation through his previous roles as Chief Customer Officer of Sysco Corporation and Group President of Genuine Parts, North American Automotive. Throughout his successful business career, Scott’s desire to support our veterans and their loved ones has become a true passion.

Pam Swan
Board of Directors

Pam Swan is the Senior Director of Military Relations and Business Development for Veterans United Home Loans. In addition to working on internal programs, Pam is very active with the military community. She has utilized her financial background to educate and help military families. Her personal desire is to enhance the quality of life for all men and women that serve. When not working Pam enjoys spending time with her husband, Retired U.S. Army Soldier, John, and their two children.

STAFF

Judith Otter
President

Judith Otter brings with her decades of experience establishing and developing new organizations. After a successful career in finance, Judith worked alongside Gary Sinise to create and scale the Gary Sinise Foundation, a Veteran Service Organization. During her tenure, she served as Executive Director as well as Chief Operating Officer. Judith started working with the Robert Irvine Foundation in 2020 and looks forward to helping grow their mission and give back to our American heroes.

David Reid
Vice President, Director of Military, Veteran, and First Responder Outreach

As a boy growing up in California, David dreamed of one day serving his country and enlisted in the Army upon graduating from high school in 2008. After boot camp, he became part of the Army’s Special Operations unit, the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Regiment. David deployed three times to combat zones in the Middle East, once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. During his second tour of Afghanistan in 2010, he was seriously wounded; while clearing rooms of an enemy compound in the midst of an intense firefight, an IED exploded, badly injuring his lower left leg, which doctors were unable to save.

Anthony Spadaro
Vice President, Director of Development & Special Projects

Anthony Spadaro is a retired United States Marine Corps senior noncommissioned officer (Sergeant Major) who retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2020 after a distinguished 35-year military career.

PARTNERS