Monday 26 September 2016

'In showbiz, it's a wrap for lunch'

Published 27/11/2012 | 06:00

8.00AM THE alarm goes off but the snooze button is pressed a couple of times before I get out of the bed. I'm moving into a new apartment and because it isn't ready I'm staying in a Dublin hotel – and the reason I'm staying in the penthouse is because the nightclub was underneath my room, I couldn't sleep and the lads on the desk very kindly put me up there. I certainly couldn't afford it!

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I open the mini bar and get a bottle of water for my breakfast.

I shower, dress and then go to RTE where I'm filming the show.

9.30AM I have a skinny latte in the canteen.

Afterwards, I go over to the studio where I work on a script edit, which is in fact more about mapping out the show.

I have a croissant and tea with milk while we work.

12.30PM I walk to my dressing room and sit to eat a chicken wrap from the canteen.

I take my time to eat. On other days I would have a proper lunch at home.

When I'm in production for the show I'm always unhealthy because I'm eating quick food, like sandwiches.

I don't like doing that because I really do enjoy good food and I love to cook. I often prepare dishes like curries from scratch and will do roasts.

I have a place in the south of France and I love French food too.

1.00PM I have to do a photo-shoot and the make-up artist and stylist arrive in my dressing room and I get into costume.

2.30PM Brian Dowling is here and we have a bit of craic. Because he hasn't eaten, I sit with him in the canteen and have a tea and we have a catch up and a laugh while he's having food.

3.00PM We go back to the set and do a rehearsal to give the director Peter an idea of what's happening in today's show. Then the producers come in and give a rundown of anything that needs changing because they're the writers as well.

I am drinking skinny lattes during the afternoon and probably have about six cups.

6.00PM I go back to the dressing room for a make-up touch up. I have nothing else to eat.

I don't particularly like having food before a performance because I'm wearing a corset.

8.30PM The cameras are ready, Brian and I start the show and there's a great adrenaline rush. I drink water during the recording.

10.30PM After we finish we go into the Green Room where there are chicken wraps and some cheese and crackers.

I never eat in the Green Room because I'm normally too full of adrenaline afterwards so it's just a couple of glasses of prosecco for me.

I'm mixing and chatting and having good fun. I find the prosecco is light and easy to drink.

12.00AM I hop into a taxi and it's back to the penthouse! I'm ready for bed and turn out the lights at around 12.30.

• 'Katherine Lynch's Big Fat Breakfast Show' airs 10.00, Tuesday, RTE Two. 'Raglan Road', the new single from Katherine's debut album, 'Settling Dust', (which contains seven tracks written by the performer herself) is available to download from iTunes

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