Sunday 22 April 2018

TV3’s 'The Restaurant' swaps beauty of Lough Ree for Dublin 4

Maitre D' John Healy and Roz Purcell calling out for diners to take part in The Restaurant
Maitre D' John Healy and Roz Purcell calling out for diners to take part in The Restaurant

Cormac Fitzgerald

Celebrities who fancy themselves in the kitchen will be swapping the beauty of Lough Ree for the buzz of Dublin’s southside for the new series of TV3's 'The Restaurant'.

The location of the hit reality series will this time will be the glamorous surroundings of Marco Pierre White’s Courtyard Bar & Grill in Donnybrook.

Once again, six celebrities turned-chefs will try to wow judges and members of the public by preparing a top class three-course menu to be eaten and judged by critics, with a possible (but highly difficult) five-star rating up for grabs.

Resident critic Tom Doorley will be joined this season by Mr. Marco Pierre White himself, a giant in the restaurant industry and a world class chef, as well as a different guest critic for each episode.

The show's former judge and renowned restaurant critic Paolo Tullio passed away in June.

A spokesperson for TV3 said that the famous chef will be greatly missed:

“Paolo was part of The Restaurant family since the first Restaurant show in 2004," they said.

"He was the kindest of critics, the most charming person you could share a meal with and a true friend. He will be sadly missed by all The Restaurant team and he will very much be in our thoughts as the new series nears."

Read more: VIDEO: ‘A great meal awaits’: The late, great Paolo Tullio’s best moments on The Restaurant

The popular TV show, which is going into its 11th season to be aired early next year, is sponsored by Aldi and was revived last year by TV3 after a six year hiatus.

Previous chefs in the famous kitchen include Justice Minister Alan Shatter, Irish rugby star Andrew Trimble and Irish model Roz Purcell.

The crew are also calling on members of the public to apply to be diners on 'The Restaurant' before July 28.

A spokesperson for the station was staying tight-lipped on who was going to appear in the upcoming series: “They’ll be a celebrity… and there might be one from the sporting world. But that’s all you’re getting!."

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