Saturday, 21 October 2006
The charismatic chef with the biggest smile in the business!
The star of "Ready Steady Cook" told Ryan how his dad, a piano player, "had style about him", and joked "a bit like meself in the kitchen!".
Although his Mum had hoped he would be a doctor, Ainsley recalled how he started his career cooking by day and busking on the Covent Garden cobble with a street comedy band by night.
Ainsley also chatted about cooking for Elton John and the Royal Family, being a ball boy in Wimbledon, and how celebrity chefs have influenced the market.
Ainsley then shared his culinary expertise and also serenaded an audience member who won a prize for everyone in studio.
Ainsley Harriott's Feel-Good Cook Book is out now
Paul Gleeson and Tori Holmes
Eighty five days in a small rowing boat, crossing the Atlantic would put any relationship to the test - a risk worth taking for Paul Gleeson and Tori Holmes
when they entered the "Atlantic Rowing Race".
Paul, a financial analyst from Limerick, and Tori, a student from Vancouver, Canada told Ryan how they met through an add in a hostel and cycled around Australia for charity. Next stop Atlantic Rowing Race! They had to overcome two major obstacles; they had no boat and couldn't row. They were thrown around by forty foot waves, dodged sharks and pirates and suffered days of thirst, sickness and sunburn. They succeeded and raised ¤30,000 for Concern but described their homecoming as the most surreal feeling they "ever had".
Liam Gorman, The Irish Times rowing correspondent kept in constant contact with the couple throughout their expedition and tells their difficult yet exhilarating story in the book "Little Lady, One Man, Big Ocean".
"Little Lady, one man, Big Ocean" is out now
Paul Burrell is known as the trusted employee, friend and confidant of the most photographed woman in the world.
Paul told Ryan how he never believed Diana was engaged to Dodi Al Fayed, nor was she expecting his child. He said it was all "lies and propaganda" and felt it was his moral duty to stand up and tell the truth about the Princess. Paul is adamant that Dodi was not the love of Diana's life, and spoke for the first time about the true love of Diana's life. The former butler said Diana had a secret love affair with a London surgeon and he was the "go between". He explained how he used to "smuggle" the surgeon into Kensington Palace, "in the back of my car under a blanket", and "deliver" him to the Princess.
"The Way We Were, Remebering Diana" by Paul Burrel is ourt now
Frederick Forsythe has mixed with diplomats and spies, criminals and Prime Ministers. Governments love to hate him but one thing on which they are all agreed is that he is a master storyteller. Best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, or The Odessa File, Frederick Forsythe admits to an obsession with conspiracy theories and told Ryan since the end of the Cold War espionage has been on the increase.
He also chatted to Ryan about the five years he lived in Ireland and his friendship with the late Taoiseach Charles Haughey, whom he had met through Terry Keane.
"The Afghan" by Frederick Forsythe is out now
Ray La Montagne
His indie folk debut album 'Trouble' caused quite a stir on its release, has been a worldwide success and reached platinum status in Ireland.
His music is heavily influence by blues, country and folk and the album has been described by the critics as a masterpiece.
He returns to Ireland in the New Year to play Cork, Limerick and Dublin (see local press for details).
Ray appeared on Tubridy Tonight to perform his single 'Trouble'.
For more details check out www.raylamontagne .com