Eric Robbins, executive chef and owner of Uncorked Kitchen & Wine Bar, is used to high-pressure events. But when he heard celebrity Chef Robert Irvine was coming in to cook for a private event at Uncorked, that intensity level definitely increased.
Chef Irvine came to Colorado to do two of the things that he is best known for. He cooked, and he showed his support for the military and veterans by attending and promoting events honoring Patriot Day.
According to Colorado Springs-based Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, “Patriot Day is a somber reminder of the sacrifices made during the Global War on Terror and the lives lost at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.”
During his time in Colorado, Chef Irvine spent an evening at the Centennial location of Uncorked Kitchen, preparing and hosting a private event for 50 attendees.
“For this event, his team created the menu and our team executed service under the guidance of Chef Irvine’s team. Chef Irvine did a cooking demo for the guests and talked about food and cooking while they dined on the dinner he created in front of them and we plated up in the background,” says Chef Robbins.
Chef Robbins summarized the evening by saying, ”I admit to being anxious when he first came in. He's a big muscular dude with a commanding presence that draws you in. After spending a little bit of time with him, it was clear that he is a genuine and caring person, no huge ego. He's a great leader and immediately takes center stage in the kitchen, but in a relaxed way that makes you feel comfortable.
"At Uncorked Kitchen & Wine Bar, we host private events for as many as 100 people. Our goal is to provide a unique dining experience that is truly special. Working alongside Chef Irvine and his team was such an amazing experience for our staff and really highlighted the impact food and dining can have on our community.”