Take on the Takeaway
This summer RTÉ One will becomes a battle ground for some of the country's most famous chefs as they pit their culinary skills against the nation's best loved takeaways!
Each week on Take on the Takeaway, a well known chef will visit the home of a member of the public who is a self-professed fan of their local takeaway. The celebrity chef will then be challenged to reproduce the most popular take-out meals in a domestic kitchen.
In a head-to-head race against the clock with the staff of the local takeaway our challenger must cook and serve their dish in the time it takes the takeaway to cook and deliver theirs. Both dishes are then blind tasted by the takeaway fan and each dish is awarded marks out of 10 for taste.
The celebrity chef must also shop for the ingredients for the dish, ensuring the cost remains less than that of the takeaway equivalent.
Assisting in this challenge on cost, speed and taste is Dr. Eva Orsmond, who will be on hand to ensure fair play and to offer advice on how cook healthy meals at home.
Among the familiar faces lined up to Take on the Takeaway are Kevin Dundon, Clodagh McKenna, Paul Rankin and Stephen McAllister. They will be operating outside their comfort zone and will have to dig deep if they are to prevail against the country's favourite Chinese, Indian, Thai and Pizza takeaways!
Programme One: Has top chef Kevin Dundon had his chips?
Louise Conway lives in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin and is a big fan of her local takeaways. She is a regular customer at Deli Burger in Balbriggan and is specially fond of their fresh cod and chips.
Francesco Macari is the main man behind Deli Burger and is very proud of his product. He's been cooking up a storm and delivering for the locals for as long as he can remember and is determined that he will not be beaten by any chef.
"No-one is going to come to my town and beat me!", says Macari, as he throws down the gauntlet to this week's challenger, Kevin Dundon.
Kevin Dundon has been at the helm of Dunbrody Country House Hotel since 1997. He is also executive chef for two restaurants in the USA , one of whose most popular dish is... Fish & Chips!
"My operation in the States serves hundreds of happy diners with their favourite fish and chips", says Dundon. " My aim is to prove that I'm more than a match for Balbriggan's best. Look out, Francesco, I'm coming for you!".
The scene is set for the great Fish 'n' Chip Challenge. Can Kevin Dundon dare to win as he has the culinary courage to Take on the Takeaway?
Programme Two: Chinese Torture for Chef Paul Rankin?
Lisa and Christopher Nolan live in Carlow and can't get enough of their local Chinese takeaway! Lisa is a huge fan of the Kung Po Beef from Ho's Cantonese Takeaway in the town and orders it in 2 or 3 times a week. Rex Ho and his team have been keeping their Carlow customers happy for over 10 years at Ho's Cantonese takeaway in the town centre. Rex will stand proudly over his menu and thinks it will be difficult for any Western trained chef to better his product.
This weeks challenger in Take on the Takeaway is top chef Paul Rankin. Rankin has been based in Belfast for the last 20 years, during which time he notched up Northern Ireland's first ever Michelin Star at Roscoff in the city centre. For the last decade Rankin has been at the helm of Cayenne and has become a familiar face nn television through his appearances on "Ready, Steady, Cook!", "The Great British Menu" and many spots on a wide array of food shows.
Kung Po Beef is on the menu. Both Rex Ho and Paul Rankin mean business. Who will win this Chinese Challenge, and will Paul Rankin prove he has the gumption to Take on the Takeaway?
Programme Three: Thai challenge for Stephen McAllister
Brothers Tom and Paul Murphy share a house just outside Bunclody, Co. Wexford. Both men have busy jobs in transport and haulage. After a long shift the last thing they want to do is cook and so they have come to rely a great deal on their local takeaways. Their favourite is the China Park Takeaway and they will order in from there several times a week.
This week's challenger is Dublin based chef Stephen McAllister. Familiar to viewers as one of the permanent kitchen team from popular long running series The Restaurant, Stephen is stepping up to the plate and hoping he can beat the China Park at their own game.
Thai chilli chicken will be the dish of the day and Stephen McAllister is hoping to score big on speed and taste as he prepares to Take on the Takeaway!
The series is sponsored by Safefood.
Safefood is the North-South body responsible for the promotion of food safety and healthy eating on the island of Ireland. For recipes featured in the series and for more information & tips on food safety and healthy eating visit www.rte.ie/tv/takeonthetakeaway or www.safefood.eu
Programme Four: Derry Clarke travels north to Take on the Takeaway!
Paul, Michelle & Trudy McGarrigle live in Strabane, Co. Tyrone and are very partial to an Indian takeaway. Their favourite Lamb Rogan Josh is made by Masala in the town centre and the McGarrigles order it in two or three times a week.
Sanjeev Guram and his team at Masala know they produce a great dish. Guram believes any chef taking on his takeaway has their work cut out.
This week's challenger is Michelin-starred, Dublin-based chef, Derry Clarke. Proprietor of L'Ecrivain restaurant, Clarke will be the first to admit his knowledge of Indian cuisine is scant.
So the battle line is drawn and the McGarrigle family are hoping for a double delivery of their favourite dish this week, as Derry Clarke packs his knives and travels North to Take on the Takeaway.
Programme Five: Will Clodagh McKenna be skewered?
This week celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna takes on La Dole Vita in Newry.
Sister and brother Nikki and Mark Girvan live in Newry and are no strangers to takeaway foods. Although Mark cooks whenever he can, health worker Nikki often persuades him to join her in ordering from La Dolce Vita in the town.
Giuseppe Fallone is the owner of La Dole Vita in downtown Newry. He and his team have been serving the hungry locals for the last 12 years and have a great reputation for delivering the best pizzas and kebabs in the area. "We use wood fired ovens for our pizzas", says Giuseppe, "and we take the same care and pride in the preparation of all our food. We're looking forward to this challenge and I think Clodagh McKenna will find our kebabs hard to beat. Bring it on!".
Are Nikki and Mark in for the kebab of their lives or will Clodagh McKenna be skewered by Giusseppe Fallone as she prepares to Take on the Takeaway?
Programme Six: Indian Heaven for Top Chef Neven?
Angela Leggett and Karl Byrne are big fans of their local Indian Takeaway. DJ and Promoter Karl will regularly order Beef Vindaloo from India Link in Portmarnock, but Angela prefers to have Chicken Korma delivered to her door in Malahide. At India Link in Portmarnock Davi Singh-Bidhawith and his team have been turning out popular Indian takeaway favourites since 1992 and they are very much up for the challenge.
The challenger this week is celebrity chef Neven Maguire. He's hoping to make the best of the competition even though he admits that Indian cuisine may not be his strongest suit.
Will India Link triumph against Neven Maguire's Cavan Korma? Find out as Neven Maguire sharpens his knives, and his wits, and prepares to Take on the Takeaway.