Believe it or not, other things are going on besides Art Basel. Foodies can revel in the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. Restaurant Impossible hulk Robert Irvine helps launch the culinary event Friday with an event titled “Food Truck: Impossible,” a golf tournament and gastro-truck competition to be held at The Breakers West golf course.
Irvine is ready to get cooking.
“I think food trucks are an interesting craze, and there’s a lot of good food out there,” Irvine told The Palm Beach Post. “As long as they all keep safe and sanitized, I’m all for it. I’m all for more restaurants that practice food safety and produce good products. Otherwise you’re no good to anybody. But it’s got to be policed and the standards held just as restaurants have.”
The British-born Irvine got his training as a chef in the Royal Navy. He joined at age 15, with his parents’ blessing.
“The military teaches you to get the job done, period. And trust me, I do. I’m tough on my team, but they’ll tell you they’ve become better time managers, better managers of resources, and learned how to think out of the box.”
Tough love can make good TV, but the Food Network star is in it for the families involved in the failing restaurants he showcases. “It’s not about television for me. I would throw cameras out. It’s about helping people, and it’s the greatest feeling ever.”
Top Chef winner/Johnson & Wales alum Kevin Sbraga is another headliner at the fest, which runs through Tuesday.