Guest critic Domini Kemp:
Domini Kemp was born in the Bahamas, and moved to Ireland in 1983. She trained as a chef at Leith's in London before working in the Michelin-starred Peacock Alley in Dublin. In 1999, she opened the gourmet bagel store 'itsa bagel' with her sister Peaches. By 2006 they had expanded the business to 4 branches in Dublin, launched an outdoor catering business - Feast, and opened two restaurants 'itsa4 restaurant' and 'Table'.
Domini contributes regularly to television, magazines, and newspapers as a chef/food-writer. Her first book 'Real Food Real Fast' received critical acclaim and she also co-wrote 'New Irish Cooking'. Domini is the food critic for IMAGE magazine and recently joined the Taste Council of Ireland
For more information go to www.itsabagel.com
What Domini said:
'The highlight for me was the salmon, it was a beautiful piece of salmon, very simply done. It was poached, maybe a little under done for some people, but we were all unanimous in that we thought it was fantastic.' 'The bit I didn't like was the Ox Tongue, I didn't think that the garnish was appropriate for the dish. Cherry tomatoes and mange toutes weren't the type of garnish you should have with tongue.' 'Desserts were great, overall it was a really great evening.'
Paolo Tullio said:
'I thought the Ox Tongue was terrific, I loved the taste of it, I liked even the way it was presented. I don't' really understand what the cherry tomatoes had to do with the dish, but I liked the Ox Tongue. That was the best for me'
'I loved the black pudding, but I didn't really understand what the salad had to do with it'.
Tom Doorley said:
'The best for me was the Roast Quail', I think it was done very delicately and just right.'