Donal Skehan
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  • Strangest location I've filmed in! Crumlin Road Jail in Belfast! Great but very cold location for #DonalsIrishFEAST! :)
  • Spiced yoghurt chicken with coriander and almond cous cous... Using free range chicken from Olive and Donald Elliot at Marlfield farm- Olive also taught me how to pluck a chicken...
  • Mini banana bread loaves with chocolate and @keennutrition almond butter! :)
  • My favourite recipe from today's shoot! Subtly spiced @baronscourt1 venison with a red currant glaze, forest mushrooms and sweet potato mash- got a bit excited about this one! #DonalsIrishFEAST
  • Beautiful snowy morning here @BelleIsleCastle! Filming for new series of #DonalsIrishFEAST this morning using great local producers...
  • Off to learn about Sika Deer at @baronscourt1 with gamekeeper Sammy for #DonalsIrishFEAST!
  • Recording voiceovers this morning with @lockybutler for @foodnetworkuk! Show starts in April! :) #donalvietnam #FollowDonal
  • Good morning from Max! Who's got that Friday feeling?! 🎉
  • Ridonculously delicious spiraliser salad up on my YouTube channel this evening! Packed with great Thai flavours its guaranteed to make take the kitchen gadget out of its box more then once! :)
  • Just got back to Dublin and @rachelkhooks brand new book is on my desk! Cannot wait to check it out- beautiful styling, photography from @davidloftus and wonderfully delicious and innovative collection of recipes! Check it out- it's in shops now! 👍
  • Fantastic meal at Lilla Ego in Stockholm last night- highlight meal of the year so far! Really cool little restaurant, totally relaxed vibe and the food was incredible- ate: Gruyere (Semla) bun with seasonal mushrooms, pickled green tomatoes and pine, for main: duck breast with roast celaric, orange zest and beetroot! Only regret was I didn't have room for dessert! Tack @lillaegokrog!
  • #stockholm
  • Good Morning! Last day filming in sunny Stockholm! Unfortunately no sun in the warehouse we're shooting in and didn't finish last night till 8, so had to jump out for a quick stroll to soak up some vitamin D! ☀️#stockholm
  • Good morning from sunny Stockholm! More filming for #mittkök today! Think I may be loosing my mind- thought I lost my laptop this morning at breakfast- had the whole place looking for it, it was in my room... #facepalm #needmoresleep
  • Brilliant Fish & kinda chips with minty mushy peas over on my YouTube channel! The kinda chips are crispy hasselback potatoes- love making these and they go great with the crunch of that crispy beer batter! :)
  • Good morning from Stockholm! :)
  • Brown butter cod with crispy potatoes, leek, carrot and lentils for Sunday lunch @gunneboslott! Really simple flavours but so bloody good!
  • Saluhall Briggen- cool covered food market in #göteborg, the building used to be an old fire station...
  • Fish tacos baby! Oh yeah! :) #tacosandtequilagbg
  • Scallop ceviche with poblano chilli, lime, coriander and sweet popcorn at #tacosandtequilagbg in Göteborg... Really great fresh flavours, textures and just the right amount of spice...
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Grandma’s Boy

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Grandma’s Boy is a 13 part series which airs on FOX International and 24 Kitchen. Donal inherited his love of cooking from his grandmother and family and they passed on the knowledge that it isn’t just about high tech gadgets and expensive ingredients when it comes to excellent home cooking. With that in mind, Donal set off on his culinary adventure around Italy in search of the finest Italian ingredients and treasured family recipes and where better to find them than by visiting the undisputed queens of the kitchen, the grandmothers!

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The grandmother’s aka the nonas, passed on some of their secret recipes, hints and tips for what makes their Italian home cooking so delicious and in exchange, Donal cooked up some of his favourite dishes for them to try. Over the series, Donal travels to thirteen different Italian towns including, Capena, Matera, Irsina, Rieti, Polignano A Mare and Sant’Angelo in Colle and gets to try his hand at cheese making, truffle hunting, falconering, horse riding, snail hunting, lake fishing and pig wrangling.  Every family Donal meets are incredibly welcoming, which gives him, and the viewer a unique perspective on Italian life.  This series is all about fresh ingredients, lovingly prepared and of course shared with your friends and family.

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The Morning After The Night Before… Well Actually The Afternoon!

Last night saw the official launch of Kitchen Hero book and TV series at Solas in Dublin!  We had a really great turn out and everyone got a taste of some of the recipes from the book and more importantly a highly exclusive glimpse of the brand new TV series before it airs on Monday!  OMG MONDAY THAT’S ONLY 4 DAYS AWAY!  EXCITED ME? Just a little! In case you hadn’t noticed.

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Pick Up A Copy Of This Weeks RTÉ Guide!

I am so excited this morning to show you the cover of the RTÉ Guide which has my big cheesy mug hanging off it!  For foreign visitors if you have never heard of this Irish magazine before, it’s basically Ireland’s TV bible which has become an Irish institution.   It’s been around so long that I remember as very small kid helping both sets of grandparents circle their favourite TV shows so that it could be consulted the day they were on just to be reminded!

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Kitchen Hero! Recording A TV Series!

Pinch me! It’s real!  I can finally talk about it completely openly now that I have actually done it.  Up until now I didn’t want to jinx it by talking about it too much but I can reveal officially here on the blog, that we have just finished recording a 13 part series for RTÉ, which will be shown this spring 2011.  EXCITEMENT!

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