Conrad feeling the heat as TV3 delays new show
Published 06/08/2011 | 05:00
An upcoming junior version of TV3 show Head Chef has been put on hold until the New Year due to headlines concerning star-chef Conrad Gallagher.
Due to be filmed this autumn, promos seeking teenage applicants to take part in the series were aired each night last week following episodes of Gallagher's Celebrity Head Chef programme.
Youngsters, aged between 13 and 18, were offered the "learning experience of a lifetime" and "the chance to train in one of Conrad's professional kitchens in the future".
However, maybe it's not such a great prize given that the High Court last week ordered companies behind two of "Conrad's kitchens", Salon de Saveurs on Aungier Street in Dublin and Conrad's Kitchen in Sligo, to be wound up due to unpaid taxes of more than €160,000.
The past month has also seen former employees of both restaurants seeking back wages.
With this in mind, in a joint decision by TV3, Gallagher and the production company, sources say it has been decided to put the Junior Head Chef on hold till 2012.
"It's a kind of mutual decision between everyone involved. This is just a cooling-off period which will allow Conrad to get his business affairs in order.
"There are some matters which have to be resolved," an insider said.
The Donegal man is still welcoming guests to The Dining Room by Conrad Gallagher, according to the nice woman who answered the phone in La Stampa, Dublin, this week.
The 40-year-old opened up the "upmarket brasserie" in June for businessman Louis Murray and reviews have been excellent.
Let's not forget Conrad remains the youngest ever chef to receive a coveted Michelin star, The Diary hopes our man can weather through to 2012.