Former RTÉ presenter Bibi Baskin became a household name in the eighties. As well as being a high-profile radio and television personality, she was also an accomplished magazine and newspaper journalist, but she left it all behind to pursue a new passion, running a boutique hotel in (her beloved) India.During a three-week holiday in Kerala (in Southern India), Bibi found the derelict seven bedroom property which would change her life. "The Raheem Residence" overlooked the beach and she fell in love with it immediately. She then undertook the massive task of restoring the property, and transforming it into the heritage hotel it is today. The scale of the task was multiplied greatly by language and cultural barriers.Today the Raheem Residence specializes in Ayurvedic medicine and massage. The hotel has gained an international reputation for outstanding luxury and service.
Proprietor of Michelin-starred restaurant L'Ecrivain, Derry Clarke began his career in the industry at just sixteen. Known for his culinary expertise and innovative cooking, Derry and his team handle up to a hundred covers at each sitting of his busy Dublin restaurant. Derry has a reputation for a no-nonsense approach in the day to day running of his kitchen. He has made many television appearances including a regular slot on "The Afternoon Show", as well as stepping into the role of guest critic on "The Restaurant". In addition to his coveted Michelin Star, Derry has received numerous awards, been inducted into Food and Wine Magazine's Hall of Fame, and recently received a five-star review in The New York Times.
Sammy Leslie is trustee to one of Ireland's most luxurious hotels; Castle Leslie Estate in County Monaghan, inhabited by the Leslie family since 1665. Known for it's equestrian centre, Victorian spa, hunting lodge, opulent bedrooms and A-list guests, Castle Leslie hosted the McCartney/Mills wedding (2002). In her early twenties, Sammy set about the enormous task of turning around the fortunes of the run-down estate, and built the business from the bottom up, starting off small with a tea room to generate income to repair the roof. In those early days Sammy did everything from scrubbing toilets to making scones. She learned every aspect of the business from the bottom up. The castle now employs 164 people across the estate. Sammy expects our twelve celebrities to have the right attitude to hard work and has already warned them that she has a zero tolerence policy when it comes to arrogance and loafing.