Celeb Chef Robert Irvine to Open Restaurant at the Pentagon?

Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine visited USS Hartford (SSN 768) and Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., in January 2012( US Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg)

Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine visited USS Hartford (SSN 768) and Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., in January 2012( US Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg)

Rumors are swirling that celebrity chef Robert Irvine — host of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible — is opening a new eatery in the Pentagon.

The former Royal Navy chef tweeted on Monday that he was traveling to DC for meeting about opening a restaurant in the Pentagon (see below).

 

IrvineTweet2It’s not yet clear if Irvine will soon be feeding the the powerful members of the Joint Chiefs, but Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby would certainly welcome another option for lunch.

“As a guy who spends 12 to 14 hours a day here, I would welcome a new place to eat,” Kirby said when asked about Irvine’s tweet. (See the video below. The question is at the 16:11 mark.)

Kirby said he did not know if Irvine is opening a restaurant in the Pentagon, but said he would find out. (We’ll update this post when we hear back from him.)

On his TV show, the blunt and in-your-face Irvine has interventions with struggling restaurant owners. The muscular Brit then reinvents the restaurant with a soup-to-nuts makeover, changing everything from the menu to the restaurant decor. And he does it all in two days with only $10,000.

Told the premise of Irvine’s show and how he helps struggling businesses recover, Kirby said: “Then I’m sure we could use his assistance here. He’ll fit right in.”

DoD is in the midst of transforming itself following more than a decade at war in Afghanistan and Iraq. A motivator like Irvine could be just what the Pentagon needs to help change the way it does business. Better yet, maybe he could help them advance their plans through Congress. Nah, he should stick to restaurants.

H/T to AP’s Sagar Meghani for noticing Irvine’s tweet!

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