Neven Maguire Home Chef (New 13- part series, programme eight) Wednesday 2nd of April 2014 7.30pm RTÉ One
In this new series, Neven demonstrates two new recipes each week in his inimitable style, a style that has made him Ireland's most popular TV chef, and now also a hit in the US.
One recipe each week will be a family favourite, for example chicken tikka masala or apple pie or lamb tagine, and one recipe will be taken from Neven's recipe and adapted for the home chef.
In addition to the two recipes cooked in his own kitchen, Neven visits some of the best restaurants in the country, and gets a master class from each chef.
The restaurants Neven visits during this series include Ashford Castle in Mayo, Aniar (Galway, Michelin star), Mount Juliet in Kilkenny (awarded star in 2013), Ananda Indian Restaurant in Dundrum, Dublin¹s Merrion Hotel for afternoon tea, Ballyfin in Co Laois, and Les Gourmandises in Cork city.
Not many places have an official state dessert, but Massachusetts does, and it's the Boston Cream Pie. Neven visits the Boston Parker House Hotel, the oldest continuously operating hotel in America and birthplace of the Boston Cream Pie to find out how it's made. Head chef Gerry Tice also shows Neven the hotel's dining room, where JFK is said to have proposed to Jackie at table 41.
Back in his own kitchen Neven prepares Smoked bacon frittata with parmesan and a Tasting of Irish Lamb (herb-crusted loin, confit of neck and sweetbreads).
Neven Maguire: Home Chef is sponsored by the Bord Bia Quality Mark, the symbol which guarantees that the food has been produced to the highest Bord Bia quality standards and reassures consumers about where their food has been produced, processed and packed.
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