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Food Network Chef Robert Irvine Bringing Live Challenges, Muscles to Mesa Arts Center

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Robert Irvine, celebu-chef, host of Food Network programs Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible, and husband of pro wrestler Gail Kim, will be bringing his heavily muscled self to the Mesa Arts Center at 8 p.m., this Friday, November 16, for a live theatrical performance.

Aptly called Robert Irvine Live!, the two-hour live cooking demo -- and Irvine's first theatrical tour -- will feature the British chef carrying out culinary challenges, engaging in audience interaction, and incorporating some high tech multimedia.

"This is not just me cooking on stage for two hours because that has been done before," Irvine told CBS Houston regarding his live tour. "I wanted to do something totally different that makes cooking a vehicle for being able to create a theatrical event."

If past performances of his live tour are any indication, Irvine may be doing anything from rappelling down balconies, feeding the audience with no knowledge of the ingredients while a timer counts down, and, according to CBS Houston, talking to a live and interactive computer-generated host.

"I don't want to give too much away, but the 'host' of the show is a computer generated program that is able to talk to me live and react to what I am doing as well as the audience," Irvine told CBS Houston. "It's not only totally cool, but provides some incredibly funny moments as well."

Tickets for Robert Irvine Live! are $45 for regular admission, and $75 and $150 for VIP packages which include a photo with Robert Irvine, an autographed cookbook, and a pre-show meet and greet. For more details or to purchase tickets, go to the Mesa Arts Center website.

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