Kilkenny hurling legend Eddie Keher is back in training to make a comeback on the public stage, but this time he’ll be bringing a cookbook and apron.
Mr Keher is one of four local figures lining up against each other for the Avonmore Celebrity Cook-Off as part of the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival from October 27-31. He’ll be up against Labour TD Ann Phelan while John Walsh and Edwina Grace of KCLR 96fm will go into battle against each other. With RTÉ broadcaster and reporter Brenda O’Donoghue as MC, the celebrity cook-off will take place in the Set Theatre on October 29.
Newly crowned Masterchef Ireland champion Mary Carney is also on the bill for this year’s Savour Kilkenny festival. The 28-year-old culinary whizz from Waterford will be a guest judge alongside top chef Catherine Fulvio at the Savour Kilkenny Masterchef Final.
The two judges will put contestants through their paces in the mega cook-off in the Set Theatre on October 30 from 3-5pm, entries for which are being accepted until today (Wednesday) at www.savourkilkenny.com.
The Kilkenny Masterchef finalists will cook against the clock in the grand final in front of a live audience under the watchful eye of the judges, and the finalists will be assisted by Kilkenny chefs Anne Neary and Edward Hayden.
Meanwhile RTÉ broadcaster John Murray will be doing MC for free Savour Seafood Workshops on the Parade Plaza on October 29. The workshop will see local chefs Garreth Byrne of Campagne, Maria Raftery of Zuni, Alan Foley of the Step House Hotel in Borris, Neil McEvoy of The Pembroke, Mark Gaffney of The Ormonde and Liam O’Hanlon of Café Sol filleting, prepping and cooking fish, and members of the public will be invited to cook with each of them.