He was very attentive to audience questions. A recent Purdue Grad asked Chef Robert for his advice. He responded, "Remember what you learn in school. When you start working, Learn, Be respectful and Listen. Repeat! Don't engage in carryover cooking (you know best because you just learned it all mentality)." His Grouper on pollenta was delicious and perfectly balanced with flavor.
I found Chef Irvine to be engaging, passionate, down to earth and warm hearted about his wife, causes and career. His parting shot was, "Never make apologies for tough love." Very enjoyable and touching demo!