Celebrity Chef Irvine: Cooks Can Educate the Government on Healthy Food

“There’s a whole education process with food and exercise. Look at kids today. When I was in school – I’m 50 years old – when kids go to school today they are on computers all day. They don’t get out and run around. I’m saying get them out, run around, let them understand food, let them have fun with it and we’ll have a better society, you know, that’s what we should be doing,” he said. “You can still have hot dogs and hamburgers and ice cream, just not every day a pound at a time.”

Irvine said parents and kids are starting to eat healthier.

“They’re starting to cook more at home, that’s why chefs – everybody wants to be a celebrity chef. I’m a cook. I cook at home. I cook for you guys. It’s about the process of education. Just like parents teach little kids to become great adults, we’re doing the same thing,” he said.

Irvine also explained why he chose to partner with the Giant supermarket chain.

“We’re taking it back to basics and Giant Food is a great example of that. If you walk in any of these isles and look at the produce there’s nothing like it anywhere else. They care about it – that’s why I partnered with them because they care and they also care about how men and women in uniform because they give the proceeds of what they do to the USO just like I do with my food; that’s important,” he said.

Irvine said his new restaurant opening at the Pentagon is “ready to go” and an official announcement will be made in the coming weeks.

“It’s about fresh food, healthy food, different choices. I don’t know if it’s filling a void. It will definitely be a different-style restaurant. I know it’s 5,600 square feet, I believe. There’s going to be a lot of food for a lot of great people,” he said.

Irvine was asked why he has decided to open restaurants in the U.S. as opposed to Great Britain, his home country.

“I live here. It’s a long commute to run a restaurant. Whenever you run restaurants you have to be in them otherwise they don’t work. No, I would never open a restaurant that’s across the water because my life is here,” he said.