Ireland is home to extraordinary, surprising and delicious produce that until now has been largely unexplored.
The new TV series – Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Ireland – sees popular Lyndey exploring Irish cuisine and the history and heritage that has influenced the food of the nation.
Contemporary Irish food is brimming with lush and largely organic produce, fish, shellfish and a flourishing, world-class cheese-making industry.
Over seven television episodes, Milan explores the Counties of Ireland. She gets under the rolling green skin of the country to reveal the unexpected, meets passionate characters, experiences breath-taking scenery and – most importantly – tastes and cooks unforgettable Irish food.
An eighth episode features a welcome home dinner, where Milan entertains seven guests with images from her trip and she demonstrates how to cook new recipes inspired by the places she visited.
Milan visits the port of the ill-fated Titanic where visitors can dine from the 1st class menu of the Titanic’s final night, and in Dublin she meets Donal Skehan, ‘Ireland’s answer to Jamie Oliver’.
Lyndey learns how to prepare ‘spotted dog’ from Darina Allen at the famed Ballymaloe Cooking School, where they also encounter Darina’s tv chef and author daughter-in-law Rachel Allen.
Restaurateur Martin Shanahan takes her fishing for mackerel in Kinsale before cooking it on the beach in sight of the historic Charles Fort.
And for fans of the Emerald Isles’ famed Waterford crystal, a visit to the factory leads Lyndey to the harbour town of Dungarvan where she also cooks a magnificent three-dish dessert with famed Irish chef, Paul Flynn.
“The freshness, variety and quality of Ireland’s produce, not to mention that it is largely organic, has left a lasting impression, as have the truly warm-hearted and generous people I met on the trip,” says Milan.
“I am excited to reveal Ireland’s bounty, both food and people, to the world.”
The eight-part series debuts in New Zealand on Food TV (SKY Channel 009) at 8:30pm on Friday 30 March and weekly thereafter. Milan co-hosted the critically acclaimed Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece which aired recently on Food TV.
The series is produced by Naked Flame Productions.