Take two chefs - one with a passion for Surf, one with a passion for Turf. Send them to eight beautiful locations around Ireland to create local signature dishes. Invite twenty people from the area and let them decide the winner. Let Martin & Paul's Surf n' Turf challenge begin! Martin Shanahan (of RTE's Martin's Mad About Fish) and Paul Flynn (RTE's Paul Flynn: Irish Food) are two of Ireland's best known chefs. Both have a passion for Irish food and local produce. Martin has become an ambassador for Irish seafood while Paul is passionate about all forms of meat, especially pork. This new RTE Cork series celebrates the best of Irish produce in 8 beautiful locations.
Martin and Paul embark on a fantastic trip around Ireland from Cobh in Cork to Glenn Colm Cille in Donegal. But this will be no holiday. They're being challenged to create signature dishes for every area they visit, using only the best of local ingredients. Martin will create the Surf dish while Paul serves up the Turf. They have 24 hours to source their local produce before creating their unique dishes. Twenty local people will then judge their meals but there can be only one winner - Surf or Turf.
Martin and Paul truly make the most of the eight beautiful locations where they're being challenged. Paul goes wild rabbit shooting in Cobh, while Martin dives for scallops in Port Magee in Co. Kerry. Paul decides on spit roasted goat in Co. Clare's Ballyvaughan while Martin goes fishing for Dublin Bay Prawns in Skerries. In Carlingford in Co. Louth, Paul takes inspiration from the mythical Tain and creates a beautiful beef dish while Martin finds some wonderful organic sea trout in Westport in Co. Mayo. Paul finds inspiration in his favourite meat in Wexford's Kilmore Quay while Martin can't decide between fresh mackerel and delicious tuna in Donegal.
This is a proper road trip for Martin and Paul and expect lots of laughs. They also get into some hot water as they regularly bite off more than they can chew. At the core of the whole series is a real competitive spirit between the two chefs as they battle to win the Surf n' Turf challenge.
Martin and Paul's first challenge takes place in Cobh in Co Cork. They're part of the heritage town's Titanic commemoration and they use the doomed liner's menus as inspiration for their signature dishes. Martin uses his local knowledge to try and source some turbot but doesn't have much luck while Paul decides to take a real risk in the first challenge and heads out shooting for wild rabbit. But who will the people of Cobh vote for, Surf or Turf?