TV3 to take bite out of RTE ratings with The Restaurant
The battle of the country's TV stations continues after TV3 pinched one of RTE's biggest food shows.
The Restaurant will leave RTE One after eight series, to be shown on the Ballymount station - with the exact same line-up.
A spokeswoman from TV3 confirmed to the Herald that the show "will air in the new year but no date has been set yet"'.
Sean Moncrieff (pictured) will continue in his role as voiceover for the food programme and critics Tom Doorley and Paolo Tullio will stay on too.
The same kitchen staff as before will also be returning to our TV screens.
Each of the six episodes will see a different celebrity cook up a gourmet meal for the critics.
On RTE One, The Restaurant got a half-an-hour showing but on TV3 the popular show will get an hour of airtime.
TV3 boss Jeff Ford said: "We are delighted to be bringing The Restaurant back to TV screens.
"This is an extremely popular and successful reality series and we are proud to be giving it a new home here on TV3.
"We will also be extending it to an hour slot to give our viewers even more to sink their teeth into."
Filming starts in November in the salubrious surrounds of the Wineport Lodge in Athlone.
And low-cost supermarket Aldi has come on board as the sponsor.
Back in 2011, when the programme was last aired on the national broadcaster, it brought in a whopping 315,000 viewers.
This made it the most-watched food show, ahead of shows like Neven Maguire's Home Chef and Donal Skehan's Kitchen Hero.
Production company VIP Productions will make the programme with TV3. The station remained tight-lipped today on which celebrities will appear on the programme.
Previously actress Angeline Ball featured as a contestant, securing five stars from the critics.
Entertainer Twink also appeared on the show and scored four stars.
Broadcaster Joe Duffy was a contestant at one point, as was model and actress Caroline Morahan, who like Joe and Twink got four stars.