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Celebrity MasterChef Ireland Kicks Off

Week One Kicks off tonight Monday January 16th on TV3 at 10pm

The first episode of Celebrity Masterchef kicks off tonight Monday January 16th on TV3 at 10pm with five celebrities battling it out in the series’ first heat. The knives are out and sharpened as Holly Carpenter, Oisin McConville, Colm O’Gorman, Evelyn Cusack and Niamh Kavanagh don their aprons as the take to the kitchen to impress the judges.

With the new series come two brand new judges with exciting pedigrees .Two Michelin star chef, Daniel Clifford is one of Britain’s most celebrated chefs. His astonishingly creative and flawless Midsummer House is ranked amongst the top restaurants in Europe. With a profound respect for ingredients and flavour he recently opened The Flitch of Bacon.  Dublin-born Robin Gill is one of London’s most respected chefs and restaurateurs.  A star in a hugely competitive culinary scene, his restaurant’s The Dairy, The Manor, Paradise Garage and Counter Culture are four of the hottest and most exciting restaurants in London today.

For their first challenge the contestants will be asked to make a childhood inspired dish, sweet or savoury to impress the judges. Tune in to watch weather woman Evelyn Cusack present her take on lamb casserole,  watch singer Niamh Kavanagh play it safe with lemon pepper chicken and see model Holly Carpenter take her best shot at her mother’s baked malteaser cheesecake,  the only celeb to take on a sweet dish!! Rookie Oisin McConvile who has had just three weeks of cooking experience will produce chunky chips and fillet steak. Perfect fooder for a footballer!

Day two is The Palette and Pressure Test for our contestants, with judge Robin Gill labelling it “a huge test for them”. Daniel Clifford cooks one of his signature dishes: cod with a layer of mustard, mushroom duxelle, tomato fondue and a parsley crust - which the contestants will need to recreate. He makes it look so easy, how will our contestants fare? Watch as the skills of our celebs are put to the ultimate test, with one celeb even losing a fake nail! Yum, cod with finger nail.

Tune in to see which contestant gets eliminated from the first heat of the eight part series which airs every Monday on TV3 at 10pm.