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Celebrity chef's heading home from US to cook up new show

AN IRISH celebrity chef who stars in a reality TV series in Hollywood is now set to make his own show with TV3.

Stuart O'Keeffe, (28) from Nenagh, Co Tipperary, is currently filming season two of Private Chefs Of Beverly Hills, which lifts the lid on the stresses and strains of working for the rich and famous in Los Angeles.

But he's flying home in September to begin filming an Irish show called Roast with TV3, according to sources.

"It'll be based on Irish cooking, and the recipes will be very easy for people to cook at home. It'll get people back into the kitchen," said the source.

It is understood Roast will be aired in November, and Stuart will bring his modern twists to Irish dishes like the traditional Sunday roast.

The culinary star is remaining tight lipped on the new move however, and TV3 bosses say the series still hasn't been confirmed.

A TV3 spokesperson told the Herald: "Nothing has been confirmed. It was an idea that was presented but we're just holding off until we get the next four weeks over and then we'll look at it again."



Dream

Meanwhile, chef Stuart has been busy in LA cooking for A-list celebrities like Barbra Streisand and fashion designer Donna Karan.

The chef, who has also catered for Sharon Stone, says his dream would be to eventually cook in Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's kitchen.

"I think it would be mad cooking in their kitchen, and then for the two of them to walk in. Those to me are huge," he said.

The ambitious Irishman is now writing his own cookery book, Hearty and Healthy, for the American market, and many of his recipes are based around traditional Irish recipes.

"Just keeping it traditional is what I'm about - there's nothing like a bit of potatoes with some meat braised for a few hours."

Stuart, who would love to become the face of an Irish product, describes the past year in LA as "mad".

"I can't believe all that's happened this year. People are starting to know my face more and more. When season two comes out I'll get more," he said. "It was a national show and it has a viewership between two and four million.

"It's going to start airing soon in Canada and then who knows if it'll make it to the UK, and then probably into Irish television."

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