'Restaurant: Impossible' host Robert Irvine shares an important message at the NYCWFF

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The New York City Wine and Food Festival is a gathering of some of the biggest names in the culinary world -- from New York-based restaurant owners, to the Food Network and Cooking Channel stars you love, it's a must-see event.

One of the biggest faces at this year's event was celebrity chef Robert Irvine.

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Irvine may be best known for his roles on "Dinner: Nightmare", "Kitchen: Nightmare" and Iron Chef, but what you may not know is how involved he is with the military forces in the United States. In 2014, Irvine founded the Robert Irvine Foundation to honor the men and women of the military, in addition to touring and meeting with military troops around the globe.

At this premiere event for NYCWFF, Haute Dogs & Champagne, Irvine made a heartfelt speech honoring the men and women who serve their country. He reiterated this point again when AOL.com spoke with him at the Grand Tasting, which finished out the week's events

"I spend about 150 days on the road with our military men and women, I just opened a restaurant in the Pentagon, and I was a service member. For me, the most fulfilling time of my day is spent with our men and women across the world -- whether it be cooking, exercising with them in the morning, whatever that is. Food is an important part in the life of the service men and women of our country."

Check our whole chat with Irvine at NYCWFF in the clip below:

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: A dish is served at Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern at Metropolitan West on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Gekkeikan Sake staff poses for a photo during Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern at Metropolitan West on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: A view of appetizers at Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern at Metropolitan West on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: A view of a dish prepared at Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern at Metropolitan West on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Andrew Zimmern hosts Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market at Metropolitan West on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: A view of a dish prepared at Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern at Metropolitan West on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: A display of utensils for guests at Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern at Metropolitan West on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Chef Anne Burrell (L) and New York City Wine & Food Festival Founder & Executive Director Lee Brian Schrager attend the Coca-Cola Backyard BBQ hosted by Bobby Flay and Michael Symon presented by Thrillist sponsored by National Beef & Pat LaFrieda Meats during the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola at Pier 92 on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: A view of Empanada Mania t-shirts are seen at the Coca-Cola Backyard BBQ hosted by Bobby Flay and Michael Symon presented by Thrillist sponsored by National Beef & Pat LaFrieda Meats during the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Pier 92 on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Smoked Apple Cidar Bourbon Jello Shots served at Wingin' It hosted by Jaymee Sire at Hill Country Brooklyn on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Chef Scott Conant poses during the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Samsung culinary demonstrations presented by MasterCard at the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola at Pier 94 on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: A view of flowers for cake decorating at Cake Decorating Master Class hosted by Sylvia Weinstock at Institute of Culinary Education on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Sylvia Weinstock hosts Cake Decorating Master Class at Institute of Culinary Education on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: A chef presents oysters at Oyster Bash presented by The Lobster Place sponsored by Negra Modelo hosted by Emeril Lagassepart of LOCAL presented by Delta Air Lines at The Standard Highline on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: A dish being prepared by Chef Michael Anthony at V is for Vegetables: A Master Class hosted by Michael Anthony at Institute of Culinary Education on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: A dish by Chef Michael Anthony at V is for Vegetables: A Master Class hosted by Michael Anthony at Institute of Culinary Education on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Oysters by Midnights on display at Oyster Bash presented by The Lobster Place sponsored by Negra Modelo hosted by Emeril Lagassepart of LOCAL presented by Delta Air Lines at The Standard Highline on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Chef Geoffrey Zakarian poses during the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Samsung culinary demonstrations presented by MasterCard at the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola at Pier 94 on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Chef Matt Aita prepares a dish at A Brunch with Craftsman and Wolves at Chefs Club by Food & Wine on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Chef William Werner prepares his dish, The Rebel within at A Brunch with Craftsman and Wolves at Chefs Club by Food & Wine on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Chef Robert Irvine on stage during the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Samsung culinary demonstrations presented by MasterCard at the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola at Pier 94 on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Chef Katie Lee on stage during the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Samsung culinary demonstrations presented by MasterCard at the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola at Pier 94 on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Cupcakes from Sugaree's Bakery on display during the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Samsung culinary demonstrations presented by MasterCard at the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola at Pier 94 on October 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
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