The Restaurant: Food and Wine from the TV Series ***


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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2 Responses

  1. Gary Flood says:

    Hi CarolineThanks for the kind review. The second series of The Restaurant is being repeated at the moment, getting bigger numbers than its first airing (go figure). The Restaurant show has been (and still is, as we begin making series three) great fun to work on. The learning curve for us “non-foodies” on the team has been damn near vertical over the last couple of years. Producing the book was certainly a challenge and I’m glad it’s getting a bit of notice from people whose opinions I respect.You reckon Kiwi TV might go for The Restaurant?Thanks again for the kind comments.

  2. Caroline says:

    Gary: Thanks for your feedback. I’m glad to hear that the show is going so well for you – from the book it certainly looks like you had your hands full to overflowing with the set-up. I did enjoy the book, particularly the after-the-fact comments of your guest chefs. So easy to retrospectively know how to do things right!

    I do think that The Restaurant could easily have a life outside Ireland. Half the fun of it seems to be in seeing public faces – that we’re used to seeing looking polished and completely in control – out of their element and struggling to cope. That’s a format that certainly should be able to travel. I’ll be watching out for it on TV here in the near future!

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