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Daithí O Sé is best known to RTÉ viewers from his role as judge on the hugely successful All Ireland Talent Show. His act, The Mulkerrin Brothers from the West, won the first place in the first series of the show in 2009.

Daithi first came to our attention as the lively weatherman on TG4, and has since become a familiar face on the channel, particularly with his travel series 'Route 66'. That, along with a stint on 'Celebrity You're A Star' and 'Celebrities go Wild' have made him a household name. Such is his growing fanbase now, that the Dingle native has twice been voted 'Sexiest Star' at the TV Now Awards.

But before he ever appeared on our TVs, Daithi was actually an apprentice Butcher and so was well placed to take on the role of Head Chef for a day at The Restaurant, and while he was up for the challenge, he did start to doubt himself before he entered the kitchen...
'I really don't know what I was thinking when I said I'd do this show, its like waiting in the dentist room and you know you're going to get drilled inside there'

But on the subject of star ratings he has no doubts, he is shooting for the full complement, after all, the pride of the Kingdom is at stake..
'I'd be going for a five.If I got less than 3 mother of god, I could never go home to Kerry again'

When it comes his starters Daithi was certain of one dish, his crispy calamari with chorizo and green salad. This was a special one that he wanted to impress people with..
'I was in Montana in the summer, the calamari was in honey first and then deep fried, I think that's really nice. Tthat's a new one on me'

For his main course Daithi chose his favourite fish Monkfish and he wanted garlic in it, lots of garlic..
'Monkfish pan-fried in garlic butter, sure if you fried your socks in garlic butter you'd eat them'

Mammy's boy Daithi had to include one of his mother's classic dishes and chose to round off his meal with her Baileys chocolate biscuit cake...
'Mum will be very disappointed if they don't like this one, I may never be let home again, I could be written out of the will if the mother gets disgraced tonight'

Will Daithi bring home the bacon for the mammy? Will he carry off the 5 gold stars for the Kingdom and will he convince the critics Tom Doorley, Paolo Tullio and Sunday Independent food critic, Lucinda O'Sullivan that he is deserving of the top award?

Tune in Sunday 18th April on RTÉ One at 8.30pm


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