Why I Cook: Chef Robert Irvine

The celebrity chef shares the dish that launched his culinary career

Robert Irvine is one of the most recognized celebrity chefs today. From his current daytime program The Robert Irvine Show to his run on Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible, his presence—and hulking biceps—are ubiquitous.

But for all his fame, the 52-year-old chef and fitness guru remains humble.

“Food, to me, is a labor of love, and food brings people together,” he says while preparing a meal for Vegas Seven inside his signature restaurant, Robert Irvine’s Public House at the Tropicana Las Vegas. “That’s why I cook.”

It all started with a simple dish: a skirt steak marinated with garlic and rosemary that’s cooked to perfection, then sliced and topped with a homemade chimichurri sauce. “It’ll be like butter when you eat it,” he promises.

The steak was one of the first dishes he made after joining the British Royal Navy at the age of 15, and it’s one of the most popular at his eponymous Las Vegas outpost.

Watch our latest video series, “Why I Cook,” above to see Irvine prepare his 10-oz. skirt steak and reflect on his culinary career.