For those not up to speed on the controversy, Irvine’s meal of crow comes after a February 17 article in Florida’s St. Petersburg Times revealed that, contrary to his claims, he did not have a BS in food and nutrition from the University of Leeds. He did not help ice Lady Di’s wedding cake. He was not a White House chef. He is not a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, and he was not given a castle by the queen of England. After the piece ran, Chowhounds further broke down the chef’s character flaws.
In a statement released by the Food Network, Irvine said:
‘I was wrong to exaggerate in statements related to my experiences regarding the royal family. I am proud of my work while serving in the Royal Navy and on board the royal yacht Britannia, also as part of the guest chef programme in the White House with the United States navy, in addition to my culinary accomplishments. I should have stood on those accomplishments alone, without embellishment … I am truly sorry for the errors in my judgment.’
Blogger responses were relatively unsnarky. Marisa McClellan at Slashfood said, “I will be really sad to see him go, as I’ve always enjoyed Dinner: Impossible.” Hamilton Nolan at Gawker suggests Irvine could “go back into the Army.”
Or, he could take some time off to write another book. Maybe he could coauthor something with James Frey.