Healthy Appetite is an exciting new eight part series about fabulous food.  Each week, two of the country’s top chefs compete to see who can reduce the naughty elements in their decadent and delicious restaurant signature dishes and turn them into the healthy option. In episode one there’s plenty of healthy competition in the kitchen as TV favourite Gary O’Hanlon (Operation Transformation, the Restaurant) takes on Cork’s finest Kate Lawlor (Fenn’s Quay, Oyster Tavern).

Healthy Appetite is an exciting new eight part RTÉ One series about fabulous food.  Each week, two of the country’s top chefs compete to see who can reduce the naughty elements in their decadent and delicious restaurant signature dishes and turn them into the healthy option.

In each episode TV presenter and healthy food guru Pamela Flood meets two top chefs in their restaurants where they whip up truly mouth-watering and seductive signature appetisers, main courses or desserts: like Paul Flynn’s luxurious ‘Crab Crème Bruleé’, Aoife Noonan’s divine ‘Assiette of Chocolate and Espresso’ or Michelin starred Derry Clarke’s sumptuous Surf n’ Turf.  The chefs are brave enough to allow their dishes to be deconstructed by esteemed dietitian Aveen Bannon who pulls no punches and tells them exactly how much fat, sugar and fibre is in each dish.  This is every chef’s nightmare.

Pamela then challenges the two chefs to join her in the Healthy Appetite kitchen where they’ll conjure up creative ways to make their tried-and-tested dishes healthier in a head to head cook-off.  We’ll see all their clever substitutions, healthier cooking methods and portion control tips that will inspire the way we cook in our own kitchens!

Both chefs present their dishes to a discerning panel of judges, dietitian Aveen Bannon, food critic Ross Golden-Bannon and Michelin Starred Chef with a passion for healthy cooking, Adam Byatt of Trinity Restaurant in London. They will judge the chef’s efforts to see which one has improved the most nutritionally while keeping all the flavour and wow-factor of the restaurant original – proving that it is possible to make delicious restaurant-quality food that’s also good for you.

If you’re interested in learning more about healthy eating there are free courses available around the country, click here for courses in your area: www.hse.ie/communitycooking

Episode 1

There’s plenty of healthy competition in the kitchen as TV favourite Gary O’Hanlon (Operation Transformation, the Restaurant) takes on Cork’s finest Kate Lawlor (Fenn’s Quay, Oyster Tavern).