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16/1/2013; Maia Dunphy, who is presenting a new documentary for RTE on alcohol called Merlot and Me. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

16/1/2013; Maia Dunphy, who is presenting a new documentary for RTE on alcohol called Merlot and Me. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

16/1/2013; Maia Dunphy, who is presenting a new documentary for RTE on alcohol called Merlot and Me. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Knives at the ready. TV presenter Maia Dunphy says wonder mum Yvonne Keating is her biggest rival on RTE's Celebrity MasterChef.

Maia (36) will join seven other well known personalities and contestants on the culinary show.

Actor and writer Gary Cooke, former Mr World Kamal Ibrahim and RTE newscaster Aengus Mac Grianna will have their spatulas and saucepans at the ready as they compete to win the title.

But mum-of-three Yvonne is Maia's biggest threat.

"I've met Yvonne and she's lovely and so warm," Maia told the Herald.

"But she cooks every day for her family. So she probably has a much bigger and better repertoire than me.

"I love cooking but I have one or two specials that I can do well. Whereas Yvonne will be able to make loads of different dishes."

And Maia says when it comes to butter cream and baked goods, Yvonne takes the cake.

"I've been looking at her Twitter account and she does a lot of cakes. She bakes and bakers are a force to be reckoned with," Maia laughed.

 

COMPETITION

Despite the stiff competition from Yvonne, petite brunette Maia says she won't be practicing her flambeing or sauteing skills before the contest.

"I don't think there's any point," she said.

"I've spoken to former contestants and they said you can practice making puff pastry for weeks and then they'll ask you to make a stew so it's pointless practicing. I'm going in blind and think I'll find out how much or little I know fairly quickly," she said.

Maia says she's looking forward to taking part.

"It's the only reality TV style programme I would do.

"I'm a massive foodie and a huge fan of the series so I can't wait until it kicks off."

Maia has just been commissioned a new four-part series by RTE.

"I did a Reality Bites series on women and drinking and having children so now RTE trust me enough to have my own little mini series," she said. "There are four episodes and I'm going to explore different subjects, such as anxiety and aging, but in a way that isn't too heavy handed."

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