Donal Skehan has said that he and his wife Sofie are "completely over the moon and feeling blessed" about becoming first-time parents.

The 31-year-old celebrity cook and his Swedish wife are expecting their bundle of joy this autumn.

Taking to his Instagram account, the Kitchen Hero star posted, "Life is about to change forever! We’re expecting a little baby arriving this Autumn!.

"Completely over the moon and feeling very blessed – Mommy and bump doing brilliantly, Dad and Max don’t know what’s about to hit! Big love, Donal, Sofie, Max and Bump."

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The pair, who are currently residing in Los Angeles, announced that they would be staying in the US for the baby's delivery.

In a Vlog, the mum-to-be said that she initially struggled with her decision not to raise the child around her family.

"It took me a little time to get used to the fact that you don't have your mum to ask questions to straight away but we're getting there [sic]."

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Donal and Sofie wed in an intimate ceremony in Dublin City Hall in June 2015. 

The pair have been together since 2006, when Donal met Sofie when she was visiting his hometown of Howth.