Kent-born Nick Munier left school at 16 before enrolling in catering college. Following on from his studies he was quickly employed by the Roux Brothers in London to begin his experience. Munier spent almost a decade alongside Marco Pierre White in his three Michelin-starred The Hyde Park restaurant in London. In the early 2000's, Munier relocated to Ireland with jobs at Peacock Alley, Restaurant Patrick Guilbauld and The Clarence, while also meeting and marrying his wife here.
On screen, Munier shone as the Maitre d' of Kell's Kitchen, before joining the judging panel of MasterChef Ireland, alongside Dylan McGrath. Munier owns Pichet, a restaurant on Dublin's Trinity Street that he opened with Stephen Gibson in 2009.
Nathan Outlaw is an English-born professional chef who has worked previously with television chef Rick Stein. He now runs his self titled two Michelin star restaurant, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Rock, Cornwall. He has appeared on several television in the UK and treated the MasterChef Ireland contestants to a masterclass in filleting fish as well as teaching them one of his signature dishes.
Mark Ahessy is one of Ireland's most talented young chefs. Having worked for some of the country's finest restaurants he has returned home to his native Clonmel as Head Chef of Stonehouse Restaurant. www.stonehouserestaurant.ie
Conor Pope is The Irish Times Consumer Affairs Correspondent and edits the Pricewatch page which appears in the paper every Monday. Part of his brief sees him trying – and sometimes succeeding – in helping readers who feel they have been wronged by businesses and service providers. He also regularly gives out about rip-offs and reviews all manner of products from high end smart phones to bargain basement baked beans. He has weekly radio slots on both the Ray D'arcy Show on Today FM and the George Hook Show on Newstalk where he serves as consumer agony uncle and money saving expert respectively. He has also written a best selling money saving book called – helpfully – Stop Wasting Your Money – and presented a television programme on RTÉ called Living Lightly which helped people to live lightly (or at least cheaply). Before draping himself in his consumer champion’s cloak he was the deputy editor of The Irish Times website