The second programme in this new six part series sees three home cooks go head to head to get their very own product onto the supermarket shelves. Only one can make it through to the final but who will it be? Dynamic restaurateur Oliver Peyton guides his protégées through a series of challenging supermarket tests to find out who could be a contender.
This week the manager of the Duke of Devonshire's fishing lodge comes up against a Cork baker and a chemical processor as they battle it out to get their recipes onto the supermarket shelves.
Their dishes will have to get the seal of approval from a panel of professional taste testers to get them through to the next round. Then it's off on a fact finding mission to factories who make up some of Supervalu's biggest suppliers.
Loaded with this information the cooks are given the opportunity to further refine their recipes with mentor chef, Itsabagel chain owner Domini Kemp. Whether they take her advice or not is up to them! With their recipes perfected, it's boardroom time. Our two remaining hopefuls must stand in front of the Supervalu Executive board and deliver a killer business pitch. Only one will make it through to the final show and get a step closer to winning the contract that will see their product on Supervalu's shelves.
This week, taking on the Recipe for Success challenge are baker Ellie O' Byrne with her raspberry mousse cake, Maura Bielski and her smoked haddock recipe and Arthur Zebo with his speciality couscous.
Ellie O'Byrne is 28 years old. Ellie has a bakery inherited from her mum and a small bakery in Blackrock in Cork. She has always had an ambition to be a writer and went to Trinity College when she was 19 to study philosophy. When her sister moved home to Ireland they decided to set up a bakery, with Orla's husband, at the site of her mothers original health shop on Paul Street,Cork. Her sister is in charge of breads and Ellie is in charge of cakes. This has worked out well as her sister Orla is an early riser and Ellie likes to go to bed late.
Ellie's son is 9 years old now and is a budding chef himself. She has passed on her love of cooking to him and to her 3 year old daughter. Ellie also runs the farmers market in Blackrock on a Sunday. On average there are 12 stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables, charcuterie and cakes.
Maura Bielski (Series Winner)
Maura Bielski is 48 years old and lives in Fermoy. Maura spent 14 years in London and worked there mainly as a lecturer in painting and decorating. In her early days she worked in the kitchens of a number of restaurants to pay the bills. In 1998 Maura and her husband Peter decided to find a new life for themselves and moved to a small cottage in Limerick. Within one year she landed the job of estate manager at Careysville and has been there ever since (11 years in total).
The estate of Careysville is owned by the Duke of Devonshire who also has residence in Lismore House. Maura and Peter are on call from 9am to 10pm, 7 days a week when the estate is in season (1st Feb - 30 Sept). Maura attends to breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner every day, they cater for up to 12 people a day. Famous guests include Tiger Woods, Mark O'Meara, JP McManus and Andrew Lloyd Webber and his wife who loves Maura's cooking. They love her hearty foods, her pancakes and her steak and kidney pie.
Arthur Zebo is Irish/French Chemical processor living in Cork. Arthur serves his family recipe of savoury spicy couscous at family events and friends parties. He has spent two years developing his recipe to date. His wife is his chief taste tester. He has appeared on Nationwide with his extensive collection of rare whiskeys.