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The Restaurant Critics - Tom Doorley & Paola Tullio

Wednesday, 7 February 2007


'The Restaurant' is back on our screens and we meet the two regular and unrelenting critics on the show, Tom Doorley and Paolo Tullio for a chat about the show and the restaurant industry in Ireland.

The Restaurant' came back to our screens last week and continues to impress viewers as it puts celeb chefs into the heat of the kitchen.

About Tom Doorley
Tom Doorley joins the Critics' Table in The Restaurant after an eclectic media career spanning 25 years and a huge variety of experiences.
During his college days at TCD Tom made his first impact on the Irish media scene as a newsreader on pirate radio station ARD.

His work in the legitimate media area has seen him contribute his expertise on food and wine to a wide variety of organs including The Irish Independent, The Sunday Tribune (where he was Food and Wine Editor and slaved over a hot restaurant column for 13 years!), The Field, The Sunday Independent and The Daily Telegraph.
Mr. Doorley has also graced our TV screens as presenter of Moveable Feast and The Big Stew for RTE and has recorded a series, "Food Talk" for RTÉ Radio 1.

He has been a Chevalier de Tastevin since 1996 and Autumn 2004 saw the publication of his new book which encompassed food, wine and gardening. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Tom is currently growing his own organic vegetables in Co. Waterford and is writing a restaurant column every Saturday in the Irish Times.
His book "Muck and Merlot" was published in 2004 by O'Brien Press. Tom's philosophy of food criticism? "Be tough, but fair.

Currently he runs his own deli and wineshop in Lismore in Co.Waterford where people can meet him in the flesh.
He is also in the process of writing a book with Richard Corrigan and is now a wine adviser to Spar for their shops around the country.

About Paolo Tullio
Author, Critic, Actor and Broadcaster, is the host and the author of the Food and Wine Net, a site dedicated to the joys of food and wine.

He is the restaurant reviewer and wine correspondent for the Irish Independent and also contributes articles on life-style and travel. Paolo is a regular contributor to Food & Wine magazine.
Many of Paolo's articles are to be found on his website:

Paolo has many strings to his bow and, as actor and broadcaster, he has enjoyed much success.

His television series "North of Naples, South of Rome" has been shown in Ireland and in many countries across the globe.
He has acted on the Dublin stage at The Gate Theatre and at The Tivoli. His film work includes parts in Neil Jordan's "The Butcher Boy" and in John Boorman's "The General" and most recently "The Tailor of Panama".

He has published two books: "North of Naples, South of Rome" - an anecdotal tour of his part of Italy and "" - a novel set on the internet.

Paolo's credentials as a food maestro are further enhanced by the fact that he has been the proprietor of his own restaurant. Armstrong's Barn, in Annamoe, Co. Wicklow was at the cutting edge of Irish Country House cuisine and was one of only three Irish restaurants in the 1970s to have been awarded a Red Star by The Michelin Guide.

Paolo has been named Critic of The Year by industry bible "Hotel and Catering Review". His passion for good food and wine has been, since the first edition, a huge asset to The Critics' Table in The Restaurant.

For more information
'The Restaurant' is on Thursday at 8.30pm on RTE 1. This week's show sees top businessman and author Bill Cullen in the kitchen and his menu is reminiscent of the Dublin of his youth and the food he ate as a child.