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Now Donal's gran reveals her kitchen secrets on TV

MEET the supergran behind the Kitchen Hero. Donal Skehan's grandmother Elizabeth Ryan is the women behind many of his recipes and inspiration for his show.

Dubbed Ireland's answer to Jamie Oliver, the celebrity chef has now brought members of his family to the table for the new RTE show.

"I've no harsher critics than mum and my gran, so it was logical to include them in the show," said Donal (25)."They were slightly stunned, but we really enjoyed it."

And he said that the experience gave his gran a "whole new lease of life".

Donal showed fans a sneak peek of his grand-mother's vast array of cookbooks and pantry store.

The foodie has also brought the TV crew to film on location for this new series.

Last week, he was busy cooking up some grub for hungry firemen in Kilbarrack Fire Station and students in DIT. The Howth native started out his burgeoning career with thegoodmoodfoodblog.com in 2007 but was picked up by TV executives who saw his star potential.

He had a regular summer slot on ITV'S This Morning and he is now breaking into the European market, with his first book translated into German.


For St Patrick's Day, he travelled to the US where he appeared on NBC's Today Show and cooked up traditional Irish treats in front of millions of American viewers.

And he has also starred on the Food Television network, where he gave Lyndey Milan an insight into the culinary delights at the Ballymaloe Cooking School.

The new series of Donal's Kitchen Hero airs on RTE in the autumn.