Saturday 20 January 2018

IFTA award on the menu for Masterchef producer Lynda

DUNDALK WOMAN Lynda McQuaid has been nominated for a second time by the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) for her role as producer on the hugely successful RTE series MasterChef.

This is the second year in a row that Lynda has been nominated for an IFTA in recognition of her work on Masterchef.

Originally from Blackrock, Lynda is a freelance director and producer who works closely with Screentime Shinawill, the production company behind many of the big success stories on Irish television over the last decade.

'When Shinawill were hired by RTE to do MasterChef, I knew straight away it was something I wanted to be involved with as I am a real foodie, and love watching food programmes on tv,' Lynda told The Argus when she started working on the show last year.

'I hadn't worked on any food shows before so it was a new challenge for me. Unlike anything else I have ever been involved with, food was the main star of the show, so as a director I had to get my head around that.

Lynda is one of Ireland's most respected and sought after directors having taken the reigns of some of the most popular entertainment series, including ' The Apprentice', ' You're A Star', and ' The Voice of Ireland' which has just begun its second series, starring, once again, Dundalk singer Sharon Corr.

' The Apprentice was very people driven, and all about the personalities involved. Masterchef is very different, but I loved working on it from the outset, as I was a huge fan of the show on BBC.'

She added that presenters Nick Munier and Dylan McGrath were the ideal addition to the show.

'It's a fantastic show to work on, with a great cast and crew.'

Lynda earned her stripes working in England on some of the top British programmes, including ' This Morning' with original presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan.

She faces stiff competition in her category, which also features nominees Alison Millar for The Shame of the Catholic Church; Damien O'Donnell for The Savage Eye ; and Maurice Sweeney, WB Yeats No Country for Old Men.

The IFTA award ceremony will take place in Dublin on February 9th.

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