Celebrity chef Robert Irvine made a stop in Shreveport on Monday, cooking for a local film crew.
Irvine is the star of Food Network programs Dinner: Impossible, Restaurant: Impossible and Worst Cooks in America.
NBC 6 caught up with the British chef at Stage Works of Louisiana in downtown Shreveport, where he prepared meals for the crew of Salem, a TV series on WGN America.
He was asked to cook for the crew to celebrate the end of the season. But Irvine admits, cooking for 150+ people is different from his normal crowd of 400-500 people.
"When you get a chance to cook for amazing actors, and this show is a hit out of the park, it's like being on Restaurant: Impossible,” says Irvine. “Instead of 36 hours to fix someone's life, I've got four hours to cook lunch. So, it's Dinner: Impossible slash Restaurant: Impossible."
Some items on the menu included steak, shrimp, sweet potato bread pudding and strawberry shortcake.
"This is a cast and crew that works all year 'round,” says Irvine. “Television is a weird medium, but we got a lot of pallets to make happy, you know? Some [are] ‘tarians, not vegetarians, so it's kind of interesting cooking in a parking lot."
During his brief visit to the Port City, Irvine says he only saw the Shreveport Regional Airport, a local gym and the parking lot of Stage Works.
Before his departure Monday afternoon, Irvine shared some advice for local cooks and chefs.
"You know, cooks and chefs in Shreveport just have to listen to their clientele,” says Irvine. “Give great food at reasonable price, keep the kitchens clean, give great service in the restaurant, and people will always come to your restaurant."
So, will Irvine make it back to Shreveport any time soon?
"Hopefully, soon enough, but my show is on the road 345 days out of the year, so it's a kind of crazy schedule,” says Irvine. “Fly in for four or five hours, then fly out, but I would love to; love to come back."
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