Tonight's Head Chef is an Irish institution. His voice is instantly recognisable to radio audiences all over the country. He has hosted pop music programmes for decades on pirate radio, 2FM and currently on Today FM. But when Tony left school he became a carpenter by day and worked in clubs as a DJ before realizing a childhood ambition of dee-jaying for a living.
Tony has long been a fan of 'The Restaurant' and when he was invited to take on the 'Chef for a Day' challenge he said yes immediately, adding 'this is something I've always dreamed about doing'.
Tony's menu was worthy of a man who talks for a living, among his starters is 'Chicken and Black Pudding Sausage, Cashel Blue & Cauliflower Purée with Guinness Reduction' and another is 'Warm Winter Salad of Seared Duck Livers, Crispy Pancetta, Toasted Hazelnuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette'. While a main course was pithily titled 'Oven Roasted Loin of Slaney Lamb, Carrot, Parsnip & Parmesan Purée, Baby Vegetables & Rosemary Jus'.
Tony's first broadcasting job was in the local pirate station ARD (Alternative Radio Dublin) in 1979. He quickly moved to other stations such as Sunshine Radio and Radio Nova before leaving Ireland to work for Danish radio.
In 1985 Tony returned to Ireland and joined RTE's Radio 2 (now 2FM) where his popular 'Hotline' made him a household name. He left 2FM and radio in 2003 to pursue other interests but returned to the airwaves in September 2004 when he joined Today FM where he now presents an afternoon show.
But will Tony's complicated menu make him 'A Winner' with our critics tonight? Or will he go home with no prizes?