Irish TV chef Donal Skehan heads to the BBC as judge on BAFTA nominated ‘Junior Masterchef’
IRISH TV chef Donal Skehan has announced that he is to join the judging panel of the BBC show ‘Junior Masterchef’.
The BAFTA nominated show is entering its second series and Skehan has signed on to judge the new crop of hopefuls along with John Torode.
Skehan said he was “so excited” to join the new show, adding: “The true stars of the show are the young cooks who took part. They never stopped surprising us with their talents and really made the show even more fun to work on.”
The show is based on the successful masterchef series, with all of the budding chefs aged between 9 and 12 years old.
Skehan, who has fronted two series of ‘Kitchen hero’ on RTE, said: “The contestants are incredibly accomplished – sometimes I even found myself taking notes.”
The 25 year old began his culinary career as a food blogger, and after just six months was asked to write his first cookbook which was released in 2009.
Prior to his cooking career Skehan followed his passion for music – his band Industry scored two Irish number ones during their career.
He also attempted to represent Ireland at the Eurovision as a solo singer in 2008 eventually losing out to Dustin the Turkey - perhaps giving inspiration for some of his recipes.
The 15 part series of ‘Junior Masterchef’ will be broadcast on the BBC later this year.