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Terrified of turkey? Help is at hand this Christmas from chef Kevin Dundon

Published 08/11/2016 | 12:46

Celebrity chef Kevin Dundon and restaurateur Martin Shanahan are among the renowned foodies who will lend their expertise to the culinarily challenged
Celebrity chef Kevin Dundon and restaurateur Martin Shanahan are among the renowned foodies who will lend their expertise to the culinarily challenged

Afraid you will torch the turkey this Christmas or make a hames of the ham?

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If so, rest easy as the perfect seasonal cooking school for you is taking place later this month - but places are limited.

Together with the Ray D'Arcy show on RTE Radio 1, SuperValu are searching for 20 novice chefs who want to learn how to cook a delicious Christmas dinner for their family and friends.

Celebrity chef Kevin Dundon and restaurateur Martin Shanahan are among the renowned foodies who will lend their expertise to the culinarily challenged at the event at Cooks Academy on Dublin's South William Street open on November 23.

Mr Dundon, owner of the Dunbrody Country House Hotel and cookery school in Co Wexford, and Mr Shanahan, the chef and owner of Kinsale's famed Fishy Fishy restaurant, will lead a one-day Yuletide dinner boot camp for those who have never cooked a Christmas dinner or are too afraid to try.

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The "school day" will cover the basics of preparing a traditional Christmas dinner, from starters, to mains and dessert and make all participants the favourite of their home on Christmas night after all bellies are filled.

"The thought of cooking Christmas dinner can be terrifying for people who have never done it before, even though it's really no more difficult than roasting a chicken," Mr Dundon said.

"Christmas dinner isn't difficult, but it's the external pressure that people find stressful.

"It's all about being organised," he added.

Listeners to the Ray D'Arcy show on RTE Radio One will be invited to enter a draw over the coming weeks.

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