Friday was a really special day in our house as this was when I got to cook live on television for the very first time. It was just an amazing experience!
My slot was allocated for 7.45am and I was asked to be at the TV3 studios an hour prior to this. Myself and Jack were up at 5am. I sorted my hair and make-up and we hit the road at 5.40am. Even tough neither of us were use to such an early start surprisingly we weren't tired. I expect the excitement of heading to a tv studio can have that effect!
On arriving at the TV3 studios Laura, from the PR company that's dealing with Taste Of Dublin, met us and showed us to the kitchen. Edward Hayden was already in place and ready to welcome me with a big smile and lots of reassuring words before we went live. Within a couple of minutes I had my apron on and the presenter Anna Daly was introducing me with Edward. After this I was brought into the main studio to have my make-up touched up where I met Laura Birmingham and Sinead Desmond. Everyone was so friendly and relaxed I immediately felt comfortable and any fears of appearing on telly seemed to disappear!
The segment of me cooking was actually so short (only 4 mins 50 secs!) and seemed to pass even quicker. When I was plating the dish one of the crew was signalling that we only had one minute left. I then started to panic thinking that I'm on national television and I haven't mentioned my blog yet. I really didn't want to let the opportunity for such an amazing plug to pass. Thankfully Anna went on to mention it leaving me to frantically respond with as much as I could say in the remaining 30 secs!
It was so much fun and I really enjoyed the whole experience. It is now up to the public to vote for their favourite dish and voting lines will open on Monday. I will post the number to vote here on the blog and I would be thrilled if you would take the time to give me a vote. Fingers crossed and many thanks to all for so many lovely words of support!!
Here I am with the lovely Edward Hayden whose new book Food To Love is on sale here and also in many good book stores nationwide.