Guerrilla Gourmet hits the ring

Guerrilla Gourmet is hitting Waterford City in the first of an exciting new series to be aired on RTE 1, on Friday the 11th at 8.30pm.

Guerrilla Gourmet is hitting Waterford City in the first of an exciting new series to be aired on RTE 1, on Friday the 11th at 8.30pm.

Guerrilla Gourmet is hitting Waterford City in the first of an exciting new series to be aired on RTE 1, on Friday the 11th at 8.30pm.

On both sides of the Atlantic, top chefs are rebelling against the staleness of the traditional restaurant experience – eschewing long reservation lists, highbrow marketing hype, exclusive clientele and starch-linen etiquette by opening up restaurants in bizarre temporary locations.

Without warning or advertising, these culinary speakeasies rely on diners in the know to taste their food in a new light.

The Guerrilla Gourmet movement is about to hit Ireland.

This series will feature accomplished chefs from all walks of life determined to stretch themselves in exciting new settings, creating food for diners who may never otherwise have sampled their acclaimed menus.

Each chef will create a guerrilla restaurant from scratch. They will find a location, design a menu, cook the food – and most importantly – find some paying customers.

In a six part series, the RTÉ ONE viewers will get under the skin of Ireland’s leading chefs, seeing what inspires them, how they create unique restaurant experiences, how they prioritise within time and financial budgets and most importantly, how they think about food itself.

In the Ring

In the first programme in the series Kevin Dundon, of Dunbrody House Hotel in Co. Wexford will be centre stage in a way he has never been in his life.

Kevin is a family man, gentle and generous in spirit. He grew up in a warm household where life revolved around the kitchen table and he fell in love with the idea of feeding people. He excelled at catering college, won a scholarship to Switzerland, before working in the Caribbean and Canada.

A regular presenter on The Afternoon Show, he owns and runs Dunbrody House with his wife Catherine. For the first episode of Guerrilla Gourmet, Kevin decides to set up his temporary restaurant in St. Saviour’s boxing club in Ballybeg in the heart of Waterford City. As he steps into the ring, he is surrounded by hungry punters not accustomed to the style Dundon brings to food and everything surrounding it.

Will it be a knock out? Will Kevin’s customers rebel against having pigeon on their plate?

Kevin will have a battle on his hands but he will have four of the young members of the boxing club in his corner, keeping the kitchen running over.

The St. Saviour’s club in Ballybeg has been teaching boxing to young people since 1995. They compete at local, provincial and international level and have won many titles. They have 50 members in all, including coaches, and moved into a new state of the art gym and ring in 2005.

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