CHEF Neven Maguire is ready to break into the US after signing a three-year deal for his RTE show to be broadcast on public network PBS.
The father-of-two's popular TV show 'Home Chef' is currently in its sixth season.
And Maguire is delighted his show will be broadcast in the States, beginning in November.
"It's huge and I'm so excited about it," he told the Irish Independent.
"It's great for me obviously, but it's also good for Ireland because it lets us showcase what we have to offer here – variety, value and quality."
In addition, Cavan-born Maguire will feature next year in a St Patrick's Day special on major network NBC, which he will film at his home in Blacklion, Co Cavan, next week.
The celebrity chef took over the running of MacNean's House and Restaurant from his mother Vera, who passed away last October, in 2001,
And Maguire told of his plans to mark the anniversary of his mother's death this weekend.
"I'm having the whole family over, there'll be about 30 of us, for a roast beef dinner on Sunday," he said.
"It's not often everybody gets together and we want to remember mum in a nice way."
Maguire was speaking at the launch of Uncle Ben's 'Ben's Beginners' campaign – which was set up to encourage parents to get their children involved in cooking – and he credits his mum for his success in the kitchen.
"Mum was my inspiration, the greatest teacher in my life. Chunky vegetable soup was one of her favourites, so I make that quite often for my own family."