Trish Deseine, Guest Critic
Belfast-born Trish Deseine has lived and worked in Paris since 1987, where she developed her passion for cooking. She has written nine cook books in French, which have been published in twelve languages including English. Trish's style of unfussy, simple cooking has received much praise and many awards including the Laduree and Seb prizes, and a World Gourmand Award. Trish's 2006 book Petite Robe Noir gave her the distinction of being the first non-French author to win France's most prestigious cookery prize, the Prix La Mazille at the Perigueux Cookbook Festival.
Trish is a regular contributor to French and Irish food journals including ELLE and IMAGE and her TV food series Trish's Paris Kitchen, Trish's Country Kitchen and Trish's Mediterranean Kitchen have enjoyed successful ratings in a prime time slot.
Her recent books Nobody Does it Better, Trish's homage to French cuisine, was published in 2007 and Trish's French Country Kitchen was published in 2008.
For her first visit to 'The Restaurant', Trish found herself in unfamiliar territory... 'I am usually on the other side of the door. I'm in the kitchen waiting to be judged. There's a wild, sadistic pleasure building up in me as well to dissect the dishes'.