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The Restaurant
RTÉ The Restaurant.jpg
Genre Reality television
Country of origin Ireland
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 45+
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel RTÉ One
Original run present
External links
Official website
Old logo for The Restaurant

The Restaurant is a successful Irish reality television programme broadcast on RTÉ One. The seventh[1] series began on 16 November 2008, running on Sundays at 20:30. In each episode a celebrity head chef takes on the culinary challenge of producing a top class, three-course meal with two value-for-money wines. This is then served to the restaurant's customers and the resident critics, Tom Doorley and Paolo Tullio, [2] who are joined each week by a guest critic. The chef's identity remains a secret to those being served their food until the end of the show when all has been eaten. The critics give the meal a star rating of between one and five, which is then pulled from an envelope after the head chef joins the critics' table. The Restaurant is voiced over by Seán Moncrieff and the restaurant is manned by John Healy, Maitre'D; [3] the kitchen staff, chefs David Workowich, Stephen McAllister and Louise Lennox and food reasearcher, Stephen Quin, [4] and waiting staff, waitress, Elaine Normile and waiters, Lee Bradshaw and Vivian Reynolds. [5] Following on from the success of the television show, RTÉ published The Restaurant - The Magazine, which includes images and recipes from the series.

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Background

The Restaurant moved location three seasons ago to County Westmeath, where filming took place at Wineport Lodge overlooking Lough Ree, in Glassan village. The celebrity arrives on location at 10:00 on the day of filming and immediately commences working with the team. Their first task is to describe their own menu to the kitchen staff. The chef works with Workovich on starters, McAllister on the main courses and Lennox on desserts. They prepare their meal until 18:30 and diners enter the restaurant at 19:00. The chef leaves the kitchen at 22:00 to reveal their identity to the dining room. [6]

Head chefs

Guest critic Rating Broadcast date Ref
Roddy Collins/Bill Hughes 2/5 stars [7]
Twink 4/5 stars [8]
Tracy Piggott 5/5 stars [9]
Celia Larkin 2/5 stars [10]
Joe Duffy 4/5 stars [11]
Paul Costelloe 4/5 stars [12]
Ted Walsh 3/5 stars [13]
Anna Nolan 4/5 stars [14]
George Hook/Brent Pope 3/5 stars [15]
Gillian Bowler 5/5 stars [16]
Gavin Lambe Murphy 3/5 stars [17]
Leo Enright 3/5 stars [18]
Caroline Morahan 4/5 stars [19]
Diarmuid Gavin 4/5 stars [20]
Cathy Kelly 4/5 stars [21]
Simon Delaney 2/5 stars [22]
Dermot O'Neill 5/5 stars [23]
Enda Kenny 2/5 stars [24]
Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh 2/5 stars [25]
Jon Kenny 2/5 stars [26]
Peter Kelly 3/5 stars [27]
Dana 3/5 stars [28]
Helen Dillon 3/5 stars [29]
Mary Kingston 4/5 stars [30]
Eanna Ní Lamhna 3/5 stars [31]
Ruairi Quinn 3/5 stars [32]
Amanda Brunker 5/5 stars [33]
Bill Cullen 4/5 stars [34]
John Waters 2/5 stars [35]
Tom McGurk 3/5 stars [36]
Lisa Burke 4/5 stars [37]
Tony Fenton 4/5 stars [38]
John McGuire 3/5 stars [39]
Ruth Scott 3/5 stars [40]
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Previous series

Rating Guest critic Broadcast date Ref
Gerald Kean 4/5 stars [41]
Ray D'Arcy 3/5 stars [42]
Pamela Flood 3/5 stars [43]
Keith Barry 2/5 stars [44]
Kevin Myers 5/5 stars [45]
Mary Wilson 3/5 stars [46]

Series 7

Rating Guest critic Broadcast date Ref
Michael Healy-Rae 3/5 stars Sammy Leslie 16 November 2008 [47]
Jessica Kürten 2/5 stars Gino D'Acampo 23 November 2008 [48]
Des Cahill 5/5 stars Cathal Armstrong 30 November 2008 [49]
Dominic Mafham 4/5 stars Nick Munier 7 December 2008 [50]
n/a n/a n/a 14 December 2008
Dermot Bannon n/a n/a 21 December 2008 [51]
Tracy Piggott/Kevin Myers
5 Star Cook-off[52]
n/a n/a 28 December 2008

References

  1. ^ "Star of the Day". RTÉ Guide. 15 November 2008. http://www.rteguide.ie/2008/1115/star.html. Retrieved 21 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "Critics" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  3. ^ "Maitre'D" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  4. ^ "Kitchen Staff" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  5. ^ "Waiting Staff" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  6. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  7. ^ "New Year's Eve Special " RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  8. ^ "Twink" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  9. ^ "Tracy Piggott" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  10. ^ "Celia Larkin" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  11. ^ "Joe Duffy" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  12. ^ "Paul Costelloe" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  13. ^ "Ted Walsh" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  14. ^ "Anna Nolan" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  15. ^ "George Hook and Brent Pope" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  16. ^ "Gillian Bowler" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  17. ^ "Gavin Lambe Murphy" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  18. ^ "Leo Enright" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  19. ^ "Caroline Morahan" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  20. ^ "Diarmuid Gavin" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  21. ^ "Cathy Kelly" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  22. ^ "Simon Delaney" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  23. ^ "Dermot O'Neill" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  24. ^ "Enda Kenny" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  25. ^ "Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  26. ^ "Jon Kenny" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  27. ^ "Peter Kelly/Franc" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  28. ^ "Dana" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  29. ^ "Helen Dillon" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  30. ^ "Mary Kingston" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  31. ^ "Eanna Ní Lamhna" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  32. ^ "Ruairi Quinn" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  33. ^ "Amanda Brunker" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  34. ^ "Bill Cullen" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  35. ^ "John Waters" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  36. ^ "Tom McGurk" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  37. ^ "Lisa Burke" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  38. ^ "Tony Fenton" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  39. ^ "John McGuire" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  40. ^ "Ruth Scott" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  41. ^ "Gerald Kean" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  42. ^ "Ray D'Arcy" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  43. ^ "Pamela Flood" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  44. ^ "Keith Barry" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  45. ^ "Kevin Myers" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  46. ^ "Mary Wilson" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  47. ^ "Michael Healy-Rae" RTÉ, Accessed 16 November 2008
  48. ^ "Jessica Kürten" RTÉ, Accessed 7 December 2008
  49. ^ "Des Cahill" RTÉ, Accessed 7 December 2008
  50. ^ "Dominic Mafham" RTÉ, Accessed 7 December 2008
  51. ^ "Dermot Bannon" RTÉ, Accessed 13 December 2008
  52. ^ "Tracy is ready to crack the whip in busy Christmas 'cook off' with chef rival Kev". Evening Herald. 11 December 2008. http://www.herald.ie/entertainment/tv-radio/tracy-is-ready-to-crack-the-whip-in-busy-christmas-cook-off-with-chef-rival-kev-1570992.html. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 

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