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Revenge is best served cold ... as Catherine's axed show is global hit

HER cooking series may have been burned by RTE, but Catherine Fulvio's TV programme is enjoying huge success outside Ireland.

The Wicklow-based culinary queen's show, Catherine's Italian Kitchen, was last on the small screen here in 2012.

It was made in-house at RTE's Cork studio and aired for three seasons, but bosses at the national broadcaster decided to shelve the project as a result of cutbacks.

Even though she is not currently in RTE's schedule line-up, stations in Australia, Brazil, America, South Africa and Canada have been raking in viewers keen to watch the mum-of-two rustle up tasty treats.

And it's been paying off - as fans are now travelling from far and wide to stay at Catherine's award-winning cookery school 
and four star bed and breakfast, Ballyknocken House.

"It's been a busy summer, we've had loads of people coming to visit us off the back of the series and I never expected that to happen," she told the Herald.

"It's kind of got an international presence now, which is amazing, it's fantastic for us.

"My passion is Ballyknocken here in Wicklow and keeping it for the next generation, so anything I do abroad is to bring business back."

Catherine has become known to US audiences in recent years, as she regularly flies to New York to appear on America's Today Show on NBC.

She is expected to head over at the end of the year, as well as next March for St Patrick's Day.

"It's very important from a profile point of view and it's a great way to connect with people," she said.

While she would never move overseas to further her career, the celebrity chef is planning on spending her retirement in Italy as her husband Claudio is from Sicily.


"I've no ambition to do a show overseas, I'm very happy with where I am to be honest," she said.

"We're talking about retirement plans in Sicily though, that would be the only place I'd move to and, obviously, my husband has a lot of family there."

Catherine is an ambassador for Kellogg's, which surveyed 500 primary and secondary school teachers and found that children who come to school hungry are missing out on up to six weeks of their education in a school year.