In the first programme of Neven Maguire: Home Chef, Neven visits John Joe and Veronica Connolly of Connolly's Organic eggs in Carrickroe, Co Monaghan. He then cooks a delicious menu starting with smoked salmon and asparagus custard tart, followed by duck confit with Savoy cabbage and red onion;finishing with white chocolate Tiramisu for dessert.
Almost all of the recipes Neven demonstrates are featured on the menu in his award winning restaurant in Blacklion, Co Cavan.
At a time when the Restaurant Association of Ireland reckons that one in three restaurants will close because of the recession, Neven's restaurant is booked solidly on Friday and Saturday nights six months ahead.
Home Chef is sponsored by Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. The purpose of this sponsorship is to increase consumer understanding of the Bord Bia Quality Mark on packs of red meat, poultry, fresh produce and eggs in retail outlets in the Republic of Ireland and encourage them to choose products with the Quality Mark when shopping.
Neven has always been a keen supporter of local food producers and in this series he visits 13 different food producers, including many who are part of Bord Bia's Quality Assured scheme. The locations include the largest potato collection in Ireland at Lissadell, Co Sligo, fishing for squid off St John's Point in Donegal, a strawberry grower in Co Meath, a venison farm in Co Sligo and an organic vegetable centre in Co Leitrim.
Neven Maguire Biography
Neven Maguire (33) is a popular and respected TV chef. For six years, he was the resident chef on The Afternoon Show and in 2009 Neven presented his first primetime series, 'Food From the Sun'. The series was a hit with the audience on RTÉ and has since been sold to the UK, New Zealand and Hungary.
Neven is the owner and Head Chef of one of Ireland's best restaurants, MacNean's in Co Cavan. He started cooking in the restaurant at the age of 12, when the restaurant was owned by his parents. In 2003, in his late twenties, Neven took over the business. McNean's has won many awards, including two 'Best Restaurant in Ireland' awards in 2009 (the Irish Independent/ Restaurant Association of Ireland and Food and Wine magazine) and Neven won 'Best Chef in Ireland' in 2009.
Neven's success is the result of many years' hard work, and the rigorous training he underwent at some of the best restaurants in Europe, including Arzac Restaurant in San Sebastian (3 Michelin stars), Lea Linster Restaurant in Luxembourg (2 Michelin stars), Roscoff Restaurant, Belfast (1 Michelin star) and The Grand Hotel Restaurant in Berlin, Germany (2 Michelin stars).