The fifth programme in this new six-part series sees restaurateur guru Oliver Peyton guiding three more home cooks on their journey to mass produce their gastronomic creations. Only one can go forward to the final.
For their homemade dishes to become viable commercial products, the cooks must embark on a tough and testing journey with a little help from Itsabagel restaurant owner Domini Kemp. Their food will be scrutinised by professionals and refined to meet the exacting demands of supermarket development. It is an arduous process. Few dishes will stay the course and only one of the fifteen recipes will have what it takes to become a professional product fit for the shelves of Supervalu's 190 stores.
Three innovative products battle for space on Supervalu's shelves. Will Solicitor Angela McCarthy's earl grey sorbet over rule butter enthusiast Kevin MacNamidhe or will Gail Cotter Buckley's diabetic lasagne win the day? Food entrepeneur Oliver Peyton reveals the inner processes of one of Ireland's leading supermarkets and mentors the contestants on their road to success.
For some the pitch exercise with Peyton proves more daunting than the big boardroom pitch.
Kevin MacNamidhe is 61 years of age. He grows his own herbs and makes his own butter on a small scale. Kevin is very passionate about his recipes and ingredients. His ranges of Saucie butters are all homemade using home grown herbs to flavour. He envisages them packaged in individual portions. Kevin runs his own community TV station in Navan.
Gail Cotter Buckley
Gail Cotter Buckley is 37 years old and from Aghada in east Cork. Her journey on the road to all things culinary began when she won first prize in her school for her scrambled egg at the age of eleven! Gail worked in the Jameson distillery in Midleton as Food and Beverage manager for six years. While there she also lectured part time in CIT and studied for a masters in hotel management and did a wine appreciation course. Her youngest daughter Robyn (8) was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 2½. She is one of three children with an insulin pump in Cork. Gail has been campaigning for more facilities for children with Diabetes in Cork. Gail still lectures fulltime in CIT in bar tending and is studying for a business honours degree.
Angela McCarthy is a solicitor in Cork who loves to cook for friends and colleagues. She regularly holds parties and has catered for up to 100 people at any one time. Angela's dinners are auctioned at law society functions. Married to a judge she has a product that could sell but needs help with it.