Celebrity chef Robert Irvine shares the biggest red flags to look for when eating out at a restaurant

Robert Irvine

Chef Robert Irvine at the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival.Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

  • Robert Irvine is a Food Network star and celebrity chef.

  • He spoke with Insider about eating out while attending the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

  • Irvine told an insider that the first thing he notices at an eatery is whether the restrooms are clean.

celebrity chef robert irvine His Food Network show, Restaurant: Impossible, has spent years helping struggling restaurants turn their businesses around. So it’s no surprise that when he eats out, there are certain things he always looks out for to determine if it’s worth dining somewhere else.

In an interview with Insider about his appearance South Beach Wine and Food FestivalIrvine shared the No. 1 marker he pays attention to, but it’s not directly related to food.

“First, are the toilets clean?” he said. Irvine said this was his best red flag.

He told Insider that bathrooms are a good indicator of how the rest of the facility is being maintained and cared for. It could mean that the cleanliness standards being maintained are lower than stellar.

Robert Irvine

Irvine at “Dinner: Impossible” in Atlantic City in 2012.Bill McKay/Contributor/Getty Images

Irvine explained that she keeps her bathroom, kitchen, and the rest of her home clean so she can easily look elsewhere, adding, “We’re seeing the signs that we’re a good fit. “That’s what I look for when I go to a restaurant.”

The Food Network star and military philanthropist says he also tries to observe whether servers are happy while they’re at work.

But regardless of the cuisine, the type of eatery you’re visiting, or where you’re on the map, chefs say the biggest favor you can do yourself if you’re wondering whether to eat somewhere is to go to the bathroom. I said it was the beginning.

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