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Kitchen hero Donal is hot new export as TV viewers love him

CELEBRITY chef Donal Skehan is storming the UK and is set on becoming the biggest thing to come out of Ireland.

Following in the footsteps of renowned foodie Rachel Allen, newcomer Donal is seeing his star sky rocket overseas.

Not only has the 25-year-old signed his third book deal with a top publisher, his own series is set to air on British TV and he's proved such a hit with viewers, he's been called back to continue his slot on Eamonn Holmes' This Morning.

It seems the British public can't enough of the Howth native, and his has original summer slot on the ITV programme has been extended -- in between career meetings and book deals. "It's been an absolute blessing, I'm so excited about it and have really enjoyed it so far," he said. "I'm unbelieveably proud how far everything has come, all the hard work is paying off."



Chatty

Donal became an overnight success when his cookery show Kitchen Hero brought in massive viewership on RTE last year.

With his second instalment about to come to a close on our screens next week, the chatty chef is gearing up to see his name in lights on Sky TV's Good Food Channel in November -- already home to Nigella Lawson and Catherine Fulvio.

"I'm definitely working towards starting my own show over there," he revealed.

Having just returned from London after signing a lucrative contract with Harper Collins for his third hardback on Wednesday, Donal and his Swedish girlfriend Sofie Larson (25) are looking forward to spending time in her home country next year - where a top chef is vying for his attention.

"Leila Lindholm, the equivalent of Nigella over there, has just bought the rights of my book in Sweden - so she'll be doing a translated version to be released in May.

"It's fantastic because I'm a huge fan of hers," admitted Donal, who lives in Howth with Sofie.

"We've been pushing it for a while and it's thrilling - we're in talks to get the TV show there too."

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