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Celebrity chef is off the menu after RTE chops costs


Catherine Fulvio. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Catherine Fulvio. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Catherine Fulvio. Photo: Doug O'Connor

IT'S arrivederci to Catherine Fulvio's RTE series.

The celebrity chef says her Italian-infused cookery series won't be returning to RTE.

"The RTE show isn't coming back. I'm doing a lot of stuff on the Today Show, but I won't have my own show," she said.

"I think funding got sliced across the board."

Wicklow native Catherine has had three series on RTE – Catherine's Italian Kitchen, Catherine's Family Kitchen and Catherine's Roman Holiday.

All three series received impressive ratings and have been sold abroad, so it seems strange that Catherine's show would face the RTE chopping board.



But the bright and bubbly author isn't letting the decision get her down.

In fact, she has a whole host of other TV gigs lined up including a slot on BBC and US channel NBC.

"I'm back on the BBC Saturday Kitchen Show with James Martin," she said. "I did it for the first time in March.

"Afterwards the commissioning editor rang and said they wanted more of me.

"So I'm part of the Saturday morning family now, which is great.

"And I've been doing bits and bobs for NBC America. I was over for Paddy's Day and will be going over again in autumn.

"And I do the slots with Daithi on the Today Show and radio with Pat Kenny. So I don't mind that it's not coming back – I'm run off my feet as it is," she laughed.

While her show may not be returning to Irish TV sets, it's becoming a hit around the globe.

"My series have been sold to South Africa, Brazil and Canada. And it's great that people in those countries can watch the shows."

Catherine is also working around the clock at her cookery school – Ballyknocken House – and writing her fourth book. "I have a lot to live up to since I won the Bord Gais Book Award last year.

"The pressure is on. The publishers are saying, 'This one better be really good'," she said with a laugh.



"The book is coming out in late September and it's all about cooking at the weekend, from relaxing dinner parties on Friday evenings to lazy Sunday brunches and roast dinners.

"It's going to be called The Weekend Chef and I'm really excited about it."

Catherine was talking at the launch of The Denny Breakfast Census and thinks fry-ups are a subject close to Irish men and women's hearts.

"A full Irish is an institution really – we all love them," she said.