Tuesday 10 December 2019

Donal Skehan signs contract with ‘hero’ Jamie Oliver

The Irish TV chef has joined Jamie’s coveted Foodtube family knocking shoulders with the likes of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Gennero Contaldo

Patricia Murphy

Irish TV chef Donal Skehan has signed a contract which will see his Youtube channel join forces with Jamie Oliver.

Skehan’s channel, which knocked up 60,000 subscribers in just three months, will now feature under the blanket of Oliver’s hugely popular Youtube channel Foodtube.

The Kitchen Hero star will join River Cottage’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Oliver’s right hand man Gennaro Contaldo as part of the Foodtube family, which opens him up to a new audience of over 900,000 followers internationally.

“The contract with Jamie is signed, sealed and delivered and of course I’m very excited," Skehan told independent.ie.

“It’s been on the cards for a while now and it’s exciting to have this wonderful extra outlet which exposes my videos to another audience."

The chef revealed that to have the opportunity to work with Oliver and his growing online empire is a dream come true.

“I never in a million years thought I’d be cooking with Jamie. His books were some of the first I read and he definitely inspired me.

“The great thing about Jamie is that he sees the value in other people and is so encouraging. I think Foodtube is so forward. Channels like Jamie’s are what blogging was five years ago and the opportunity to be a part of it is great,” he said.

As part of the new deal, other members of Jamie’s Foodtube family will feature in Donal's videos, and he in theirs.

“I recently was in London with Gennero Contaldo and we made Irish soda bread. It’s kind of like cross pollination within our own channels which is also exciting.”

With Foodtube commitments and the upcoming filming of a new food project in the UK, Skehan said finding the time to plan his wedding to long-term girlfriend Sofie Larrson is proving difficult.

“We’re on the lookout and we’ve recently had a heated discussion about where we should have it,” he laughed.

“We really need to make some decisions soon as we want to get married next year.

“It’s tricky to find the time, but it’s of course I’m so happy to be this busy,” he finished.

Irish Independent

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