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Food Network celebrity chef Robert Irvine loves avocados

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Food Network chef Robert Irvine showed up in Universal City recently to kick off his partnership with Subway, promoting the chain's "Add-vocado" campaign. Chef Irvine is a huge fan of the avocado and spent a few minutes talking up his favorite sandwich ingredient.

LA Cooking Examiner: Why avocados?

Robert Irvine: Avocados are a great healthy food, with lots of vitamins and good fats. Why use mayonnaise on a sandwich when you can cream avocado with yogurt and spices and use that instead? Add avocado to a boring BLT and it's creamy and delicious.

LA Cooking Examiner: You've pledged to eat avocado every day for 85 days. Do you have your menu planned out?

Robert Irvine: I don't. I travel 330 days a year and eat every two and a half hours - I'm a big guy. I always carry a fork, little bottles of spices, and Sriracha [hot sauce]. I eat what I feel like eating. I'll be documenting my 85 days of avocado on Twitter and recipes will be posted on the Subway Facebook page.

LA Cooking Examiner: You grew up in England. Did you ever have avocados as a boy?

Robert Irvine: No, never. I had my first avocado on a cruise ship; I was 14, traveling with the Sea Cadets, and I'd been raised on steak and kidney pie and fish and chips. I thought, what is this? The chef taught me about avocados and told me to add lime juice.

LA Cooking Examiner: Have you ever climbed an avocado tree?

Robert Irvine: No.

LA Cooking Examiner: Feel free to stop by my house and climb mine. My 10-year-old climbs it all the time. That's how we get the avocados at the top.

Robert Irvine: [Laughs] I'd love to!

Click here to read more avocado tips from Robert Irvine at In Erika's Kitchen, including Chef Irvine's recipes for avocado martinis, avocado panna cotta, and classic guacamole.

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