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George Hook and Brent Pope

George Hook was born in Cork but has spent most of his adult life in Dublin,interspersed with stints in Geneva with the United Nations and in America as director of USA Rugby.

George is married to Ingrid and has 3 children and one grandchild which is, as he says, astonishing for one so young!

Although qualified as an accountant, his working life has been in catering, but for the last decade the media has dominated his life.

He is a Rugby analyst for the Sunday Independent, he and his cooking partner, Brent Pope are the mainstays of RTE television's rugby coverage;and he currently presents the daily drive time programme, The Right Hook, on Newstalk 106 Radio.

George has coached rugby at international level, when he was in charge the American Eagles in the World cup in 1987 and with current Irish coach, Eddie O'Sullivan, was responsible for the development of the game in that country from 1991 to 1996.

George is convinced his Cork-inspired menu will be a hot with the diners and he sees it as a fitting tribute to the city of his birth.

Mr. Hook is plainly a Corkman through and through.

Brent Pope, on the other hand, is a relatively recent arrival on the Irish rugby scene.

Originally from New Zealand, Brent fondly remembers fishing for whitebait as a child - his grandmother would make whitebait patties from young Brent's catch - and this has inspired one of his dishes in The Restaurant today.

Since arriving in Ireland Brent has worked as a rugby coach, notably with St. Mary's College RFC.

Latterly, Brent has made a name for himself as a commentator in partnership with George.

The pair of them have enlivened many post match analysis sessions on RTE television as they dish the dirt and give praise without fear or favour.

Their bantering style also features on George's radio show, The Right Hook, on Newstalk 106.

Lately Brent Pope has added another string to his bow - that of children's author.

He recently published his third book for children.

It's entitled, "Woody, A Whale of A Tale" , and proceeds from sales of the book are being donated to children's charities.

Having made it to the kitchen will George and Brent's menu be awarded the triple crown by our critics; or are the guys destined for a whack of the culinary wooden spoon?

Find out this week, in The Restaurant.

Click here get the menu and recipe's from tonight's show.
Read what guest critic Rachel Allen and the others said here.

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