TV3 unveils new line-up of stars to take on Restaurant
TV3 has revealed the six new celebrities who will be have to handle the heat of the kitchen on the new series of The Restaurant.
Marco Pierre White is back, while TV chef Rachel Allen joins the show as the new food critic.
Dancing with the Stars finalist Aoibhin Garrihy will be hoping to impress the critics and diners, along with folk singer Mary Coughlan and broadcaster Dr Ciara Kelly.
Joining them will be musician Paul Harrington, who won the Eurovision Song Contest with Rock 'n' Roll Kids, while rugby star Donncha O'Callaghan and RTE weather presenter Nuala Carey complete the line-up.
The celebrities are tasked with creating a top-notch three-course menu with the hope of being awarded five stars for their efforts. The identities of the stars will remain secret from the diners until the meal is over, when they will find out their star rating.
Carey, who appears in the first episode, admitted she will not be considering a second career as a chef any time soon following her experience.
"It's very hard work and while I really enjoyed the day and enjoyed the banter with the chefs, doing that every Friday, Saturday night, I don't think I'd be able to do it," she told the Herald.
"I wasn't offended by anything but I was interested to know what people thought of the menu.
"When they tasted the dishes, I was interested. People can [have similar opinions] as well. Nobody was nasty.
"If someone gets five stars, they are the cream of the crop," she added. The Dubliner (40) agreed to take part on the series after getting the go-ahead from RTE bosses.
"In theory, I was delighted to be asked and I knew it was something I would love to be challenged with," she said. "I needed to run it by RTE and see if it was all right for them.
"The more I thought about it, I really did want to do it. I felt I would learn something."
The Restaurant returns to TV3 on Wednesday, February 21, at 9pm