Wednesday 24 January 2018

The heat is on: RTE's new reality show looks sure to pull in the viewers as chefs cook up storm

THORNTON: Head to head
THORNTON: Head to head

Hannah-Louise Dunne

RTE turns up the temperature this summer with a sizzling new reality series – which will see celebrity chefs, Kevin Dundon and Kevin Thornton, go head to head.

The feisty culinary pair are lined up to do battle in a new series, Heat, which is scheduled to hit TV screens at the beginning of July.

Currently in production in top restaurant, Ely HQ, the hot-tempered duo have been charged with taking a group of four budding cooks under their wing.

Sparks will no doubt fly as the contestants have to try to survive in the cut-throat atmosphere of a high-end kitchen – and also do their chef proud, as the winning contestant from each week survives until the next.

“Two participants go head to head each week in the kitchen, overseen by our celebrity chefs,” series producer Trish Canning told the Herald.

“Paying customers are given two menus to choose from and rate the menu at the end of the night.”

Over the six week period of the show, the contestants will be whittled down to a final member of each team.

In the final episode, the remaining members from each team will enter into the kitchen for one last time in the fight to have themselves and their celebrity mentor crowned Heat champions.

Meanwhile, renowned food critic Michael Winner was left completely unimpressed by a dining experience in Kevin Thornton’s restaurant at the Fitzwilliam Hotel on Stephen’s Green.

In a review of the eaterie, Winner attacked both the food and the service with gusto.

“Thornton’s was nouvelle cuisine gone mad. Itsy bitsy nothing,” he wrote.

He also took a swipe at the Fitzwilliam hotel itself saying: “like the meal - modern, dreary and not very distinguished.”

As he entered the premises, Winner (73) demanded that the “awful, discordant, piped music”, be turned off.

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