Grainne Seoige aims to impress 'The Restaurant' with gin and tonic oysters
She is best known for her presenting roles, but Grainne Seoige takes on one of her biggest challenges yet when she steps into the heat of the kitchen for TV3’s The Restaurant.
And while it does not all go smoothly for the Galway glamorous girl, she shows that she is a dab hand at cooking oysters.
Seoige is the first celebrity into the kitchen for the new season of the critic show, which kicks off tonight.
She's tasked with serving up a three-course meal to a full house at Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill, Donnybrook with Tom Doorley, Marco Pierre White and author JP Mc Mahon in the critics chairs.
Grainne says that during her days as a busy newsreader, having the time to whip up fancy meals for herself were few and far between.
“Reading the news at 10pm/11pm at night meant cooking was just fuel for the body and it was often a case of piercing a ready made meal with a fork and put in to the microwave for 2.5 minutes and PING dinner,” she said.
Grainne admits the experience was “the most nerve wracking thing I've ever done”.
But adds: “‘I m probably better than I though I was, its quiet different cooking for 50 people.”
The night provs to be a mixed bag for Grainne. Diners are seriously impressed with her first starter - Oysters three ways - Gin & Tonic Oyster, Oysters Rockefeller and a Natural Oyster. But her second starter lets Grainne down with diners complaining about grit and stone in the salad and catching between their teeth.
Her choice of a traditional South African dish for main course confuses diners, while her lobster mash to go with her Monkfish mains is a big favourite with everyone.
Grainne, who spends a lot of time in South African with fiancé Leon Jordaan, said she is currently in talks for future projects in the UK and Ireland.