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Food Network celebrity chef Robert Irvine loves avocados

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine celebrates "Add-vocado" month at Subway in Universal City
Courtesy of Subway

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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