1) he is a qualified banquet chef...doing bigger jobs than most of the other folks out there on foodtv
2) he does have a pro reputation
3) he did fess up and apologize and lost a season of revenue for: call it lying or embellishing or padding his resume
Food Network has a reputation of sticking by their people be they Martha Stewart when everyone dropped her, to Chef Irvine. They took appropriate action and moved on.
I like the show best when he is working in an unfamiliar culture, or historical setting, or in strange conditions...ice palace, trains, military base. But the WOA WOA WOA can get tedious.
Is he a perfect chef?? Nope: cup of salt for cup of sugar...OOPS, or misdefining risotto. But he seems not to have poisoned anyone.