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Mary Kennedy

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Mary Kennedy is on The Afternoon Show to talk about her hand at playing chef on The Restaurant and co presenting Corrigan's Live Kitchen Cook Along.

Tuesday 29 December 2009 6.30pm RTÉ One

RTÉ LIFESTYLE: Two chefs from The Restaurant with the lowest star ranking Mary Kennedy and Simon Delaney have a cook-off on a quest to redeem their culinary reputation

This year, for the first time, the spotlight lands on the dozen or so 2 star chefs who have left the critics table at The Restaurant with the lowest star rating.

In 2003, RTÉ presenter Mary Kennedy received 2 stars from the critics at The Restaurant while in 2005 actor Simon Delaney walked away from the critics table with his 2 stars. Tonight, both of these chefs have the chance to change all that and redeem their culinary reputation.

They will have to come up with a new 3 course menu and the judges will vote for their favourite meals and the best of 3 courses wins the cook off.

Joining regular critics Paolo Tullio and Tom Doorley at this year's cook off is Michelin Starred-chef Paul Rankin. As well as appearing on a number of recent TV shows such as Ready, Steady Cook, Food Poker and Step up to the Plate, Paul Rankin runs a successful restaurant business, the Rankin Group, in his native Belfast - which includes his restaurant Cayenne and numerous Café Paul Rankin's.

While Paul has been a guest critic at the The Restaurant many times, this is his first time judging a cook off.

Simon Delaney
Simon is in it to win it, as he says himself. 'You don't want to finish second in a two horse race. You don't want to make a bags of it, You don't want a bad review. I'm back today to try and see if I have come up from a 2 star.'

Simon Delaney's menu

Smoked Irish Salmon with Blinis with Lemon and Caper Crème Fraiche

Braised Lamb Shank with Potato and Wild Mushroom Cake

Banana and Caramel Cheesecake with Warm Chocolate Sauce

Mary Kennedy's menu

Tasting of Prawns

Roast Brill with a light Basil Crust and Sun-dried Tomato Sauce with Baby Leeks, Asparagus and Spinach

Trio of Autumn Berries":


Tuesday 22 December 2009 7:00 - 7:30pm and 8:30pm - 9:00pm RTÉ One

RTÉ LIFESTYLE: Live from historic Farmleigh house in the Phoenix Park, Richard Corrigan will cook the perfect Christmas dinner in real time

Live from historic Farmleigh house in the Phoenix Park, Richard Corrigan will cook the perfect Christmas dinner in real time. The show which will be transmitted live in two sections 19:00-19:30 and 20:30- 21:00 will feature Richard cooking the perfect Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, packed full of tips and guests including special guest co-presenter Mary Kennedy.

The show will interact live with the audience at home allowing viewers to participate with questions for Richard and his team on how best to tackle the age old problem of cooking the perfect Christmas dinner. Also featured will be tips and taste tests on the best value wines to buy and Christmas puddings to eat, plus Richard will bring back to life some of the forgotten Irish traditional Christmas touches. The show will also feature festive choral music". REF: RTE PRESS

On Christmas Eve
"18.30-19.30 Wexford Carols. Mary Kennedy presents a rich mixture of Christmas music and entertainment from Wexford Opera House, featuring The Priests, Imelda May, Liam O'Maonlai, Kíla, Vocare, the Young Wexford Singers and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Academy Award-winning actor, Brenda Fricker, will read a selection of Christmas letters and Mary herself will speak to people for whom Christmas has a particularly powerful meaning". REF: RTE PRESS

Mary Kennedy

. Mary studied ARTS and upon graduation taught French in Brittany, France.
. She joined RTE in 1978 as a continuity announcer. She later went on to join the news team.
. In 1995 she hosted the Eurovision.
. She co-presented Open House with Marty Whelan.
. She presented Up for the Match and The People of the Year Awards.
. She had her own Saturday night show called Kennedy.
. She has four children.
. Mary loves to travel.
. Mary is the author of Paper Tigers and Lines I love.
. Mary is actively involved with Goal.

"Seeing what GOAL does on behalf of the street kids in Calcutta was an eye-opening experience. There's no doubt in my mind that these people deserve everything we can do for them. Where we live on this earth is an accident of birth and we in the affluent parts have an obligation to look to the needs of those who are less well off. People like John O'Shea and GOAL do just that and our donations make it possible."

Mary Kennedy