Last week I had the incredible opportunity to attend a meet & greet with Chef Robert Irvine and attend his show at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. This was a surreal (and delicious) experience for a die-hard Food Network fan.
The meet and greet was held exclusively for local food writers and social media influencers and the casino pulled out all the stops with catered appetizers and refreshing cocktails served at their Classics with a Twist bar.
Hors d’oeuvres included Fried Mac & Cheese Balls with truffle oil, Grilled Lime and Shrimp Skewers with Poblano Sauce, Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini with Olive Tapenade (my favorite bite of the night) and Wild Mushroom and Prosciutto Flatbread all freshly prepared by Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino Catering.
The food was impressive and so was the many dining options the casino offers including Shula’s American Steakhouse, Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar & Grill, Cafe 24/7 and a vast food court with offerings running the gamut from deli sandwiches to noodle bowls and everything in between.
Some of the Valley’s premier social media influencers were on hand for the event. It’s always a good time with this group!
Robert Irvine is exactly like his television persona. Very direct and straight forward. He stormed into the room and immediately commanded all eyes on him with his booming British accent and authoritative nature.
He took extra time, much to the chagrin of his team and event organizers, to answer everyone’s questions and take photos. He was forthright with his answers and was interested in his audience. Getting us all primed for his show.
The show was held at Ovations. The casino’s theater is spacious and designed in a way that every seat in the house has great stage visibility and good sound, making the experience intimate and exciting.
Robert Irvine did not disappoint. His show is audience interactive and fast paced. Much like his TV shows there was plenty of competition, ribbing, chiding and antics in the kitchen. He turned a concoction of junk food and obscure ingredients thrown together by audience participants into a gourmet surf and turf meal that had the crowd drooling over the aromas.
It was a great show that also showcased the softer side of Chef Irvine who dedicates countless hours in support of American military. He took time to personally recognize every single audience member who has served our country, veterans and active duty. It was a touching moment and a breath of fresh air in today’s political climate.
The night was full of thrills, great food and entertainment! Thanks to Robert Irvine and Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino.
Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino is located at 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226.
Disclaimer: I attended this event free of charge as part of the local AZ media. All opinions within this post are entirely my own.