Monday 21st January - Friday 25th January


The Today team has launched a new competition called "Ireland's Best Home Cook" and are searching for a new TV cook to join their team for a month. So if your family think you're a super chef and you've always fancied the idea of sharing your recipes with the nation on television then grab an apron, grab a video camera and show Dáithí Ó Sé and Maura Derrane what you've got!

The Today team would like you to send them a 3-4 minute video demo of you cooking up a storm in your own kitchen. We want people who have a flair for TV as well as a passion for food. Give us a flavour of why you think you have what it takes to be a television chef.

The winner's prize includes a lesson from celebrity chef Kevin Dundon in Dunbrody Country House Hotel in Wexford where Kevin will share tips and expert knowledge on how to be a successful television chef. The winner will get their own cookery slot once a week on Today during the month of March.

The competition opens today Thursday January 24th and the closing deadline is 6pm on Thursday February 21st. Entrants can email their video to or post tapes to Today, RTÉ Studios, Father Matthew Street, Cork.

Ireland's Best Home Cook entry rules

*Entrants cannot have been employed as a professional chef

*Video clips must not be longer than five minutes in total

*Entrants must be resistant in Ireland and over 18 years of age

*Entrants must be available to travel to the RTÉ studios in Cork once a week during the month of March.

*RTÉ Competition Voting Terms & Conditions apply

*Click here to view a copy of general RTÉ competition house rules

*Entrants can email their video to or post tapes to Today, RTÉ Studios, Father Matthew Street, Cork.

Monday 21st January

'TODAY' kicks off with a great mix of strong discussions, food, consumer issues, competitions and TV reviews. Maura and Dáithí will be joined by panellists Dr. Conor Farren, Author of 'The U Turn', A Guide to Happiness and Carol Hunt, Sunday Independent. Consumer journalist, Conor Pope will be informing us of 10 money saving apps, while Chef, Paul Flynn will prepare the delicious fish dish. We bring all the news from the Lincoln Red Carpet Premiere in Dublin, while Pat Fitzpatrick, Sunday Independent will give our weekly TV review and check out what to watch this week.

Tuesday 22nd January

Maura and Dáithí will be joined by panellists Eddie Murphy, Operation Transformation and Katie Mythen, Editor of The Cork News. Celebrity Chef, Catherine Fulvio will cook up a tasty dish, while Nutrition expert, Paula Mee will be keeping us all eating healthy this New Year and will be dish out the top tips for snacking between meals.

Wednesday 23rd January

Maura and Dáithí will be joined by panellists Paul McNieve, Author of Small Steps and Lillian Smith, Radio Presenter. Celebrity chef, Kevin Dundon will be cooking up a tasty dish, while our Travel expert, Fionn Davenport will be back in studio to give great travel advice. Author, Peter Murphy will join in our discussions and chat about the book that changed his life.

Thursday 24th January

Dáithí and Maura will be joined by panellist's Irish Broadcaster, Mike Murphy and Martina Devlin, Irish Author to chat about the hot topics of the day. Chef, Martin Shanahan makes a tasty dish, while Eoghan Doherty will feature the best cinema releases.

Friday 25th January

Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh and Norah Casey kick off Friday's show. The presenters will be joined by panellists RTÉ Broadcaster, Mary Kennedy and Shonagh Lyons, Presenter. Our makeover team with Ken Boylan, Make-up Artist and Pamela Morrissey, Hair Dresser are back this week. Our team will be giving a member of our audience a surprise makeover, while Lily Higgins will be cooking up a tasty dish. Colum McCormack-Crowe is in the studio to keep us all up to date on Celebrity Gossip and the latest news from the sets of the soaps.

This Weeks Experts

Conor Pope is our consumer champion each week. Colum McCormack-Crowe is our Friday Celebrity Gossip Columnist, while Fionn Davenport is our regular travel expert. Paula Mee is our nutritionist, while Leonie Cornelius is our gardening expert.

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