Saturday 23 September 2017

From rugby sidelines to RTE: Devin Toner's fiancee Mary Scott lands kids cooking role

Rugby star Devin Toner is engaged to girlfriend Mary Scott
Rugby star Devin Toner is engaged to girlfriend Mary Scott
Mary Scott for Swipe TV
Mary Scott for Swipe TV
Mary Scott and Devin Toner at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball 2014 at The Mansion House
Sinead Corcoran (girlfriend of Jack McGrath) and Mary Scott (fiancee of Devin Toner) pictured before the Ireland France game in the Aviva Stadium. Picture: GERRY MOONEY
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Mary Scott is on a mission to become Ireland's answer to Nigella Lawson.

The brunette beauty, who is engaged to Irish rugby star Devin Toner, has landed a contributor slot on RTE's new children's programming, Swipe TV, offering bite-size baking tips on how to make everything from cake pops to butter cream.

The Navan native is no stranger to cooking for a tv crew as she came second in TV3's Head Chef programme in 2011. And she will be returning to our screens this week, with a new segment educating children on basic baking skills.

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Mary recording for Swipe TV on RTE
Mary recording for Swipe TV on RTE

With RTE's Young People's programming getting a digital friendly makeover, the new slot will allow children to perfect their skills by re-watching what they've learned on tv, on the broadcaster's player.

"My part was to get kids interested in cooking, so there was brainstorming in coming up with what was achievable for kids under 11," she explained.

"Baking is main area, so that's where we started. The premise is that they will air a 'master class' as part of the weekly show and then they can re-watch it online to build on what they learned. We recorded it all last summer, but there's been lots of post production involved in the last few weeks."

The cake pops and cupcakes might be fun, but Mary said the main goal was to think of new, innovative ways to give children new skills in the kitchen.

Mary Scott and Devin Toner at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball 2014 at The Mansion House
Mary Scott and Devin Toner at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball 2014 at The Mansion House

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"My favourite part was recording a 'Head to Head' challenge with some of the kids in studio," she said. "I would show two children how to do a simple cupcake and then they have to try to recreate it in a certain amount of time.

"The show will air on Wednesdays, starting at 5pm this week. We recorded every thing from baking sponge recipes and making butter cream, to tackling cake pops and monster strawberries, and teaching kids  how to use stencils and luster dusts and fondant flowers."  

While she might be best known for baking, she wants to expand her skills into teaching children that cooking healthy food can be fun too.

Mary Scott for Swipe TV
Mary Scott for Swipe TV

"At first, it's important to teach kids the basic skills with 'fun' food. I'd really like to tackle healthy food next though - for example, even showing them how to make burgers. Kids can get their hands dirty and it's a fun family activity too."

Swipe TV is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5pm on RTE Two

Mary Scott for Swipe TV
Mary Scott for Swipe TV

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