Philanthropist and celebrity chef Robert Irvine and retired National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, LLC (NASCAR) driver Kurt Busch are scheduled to tour with Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) as part of their annual Home for the Holidays tour this December. The Chef Irvine tour includes three performances at bases across the Western Hemisphere, December 2-4.
Chef Robert Irvine is a world-class chef, entrepreneur and tireless philanthropic supporter of the U.S. military. The host of the Food Network hit show “Restaurant: Impossible,” he has given struggling restaurateurs a second chance to turn their lives and businesses around in more than 300 episodes and counting. In addition to his restaurants—Robert Irvine’s Public House at the Tropicana in Las Vegas and Fresh Kitchen by Robert Irvine in the Pentagon—he is the owner of FitCrunch, whose protein bars, powders, and snacks are available nationwide; Robert Irvine Foods, which makes prepared, restaurant-quality dishes available in grocery stores; and the Lansdale, Pennsylvania-based Boardroom Spirits, creators of handcrafted vodka, rum, whiskey, and more.
For his charitable work and service on numerous United Service Organizations (USO) tours, Robert has received several civilian honors, including Honorary Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy and the Bob Hope Award from the Medal of Honor Society. When not filming for television or working overseas with the USO, Irvine can be found on tour with Robert Irvine LIVE, an unpredictable interactive cooking challenge conducted before a live theater audience.
NASCAR Cup Series Champion and Monster Energy Athlete Kurt Busch raced in the NASCAR Cup Series for more than two decades. He was known as one of the most tenacious, talented, and versatile competitors on the circuit. Busch recently made the NASCAR Top 75 Greatest Drivers list.
With 28 poles and 34 cup series victories in his 23 seasons, his driving accomplishments are among the best in the sport. Busch won poles and races on every type of track where the NASCAR Cup Series competes. In addition to being the 2004 Champion, he also won in the NASCAR All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 (2010), the Daytona 500 (2017) and the 2020 NASCAR Playoffs at his hometown track, Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch raced for many top teams in NASCAR, winning for every manufacturer in NASCAR. Busch even raced in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and Indianapolis 500.
AFE has been committed to boosting the morale and well-being of service members and their families stationed overseas through world-class live events and performances since 1951.