Celebrity chef and traveller Bobby Chinn begins his Celtic voyage of discovery on the South Coast, in Ireland’s second city, Cork. Here he is educated in the stories and subtleties of the amazing produce available in the local market by food Historian Regina Sexton. Bobby delves deeper into one of the stories, the Irish Potato Famine, and is moved by a tale of almost unimaginable suffering.
From Cork our protagonist travels north to County Galway, stopping in to sample arguably the best oysters in the world with the help of the ‘World Champion Oyster Opener’ before arriving in Galway city.
Heavily influenced by its historical trade links with Spain, this “Artsy” and bohemian city boast a heady mix of bars and restaurants and it is one of these, indeed the only one on Ireland’s west coast with a Michelin star that Bobby meets owner JP McMahon and is shown how to prepare a dish full of Spanish heritage.
To conclude the Galway leg of his gastronomic odyssey Bobby goes to the Galway Races to indulge in the infamous Irish passion for horses.
Heading further west into the hauntingly beautiful Connemara Peninsula Bobby’s next stop is the Marquis of Sligo’s old sporting lodge, now used as an extremely up market guest house. Here he learns how to fly fish for salmon, with some success, before cooking his quarry for some of the guests.
Continuing further across Connemara, Bobby arrives at the trendy coastal town of Westport where, in the local pub, he meets and plays some traditional Irish music with a member of the folk band, The Chieftains.
Turning South East the journey continues into Ireland’s rural heart to visit County Tipperary the Nenagh Agricultural show. With over a hundred competitions including everything from show jumping to best breeding bulls these are the annual get-togethers for the agricultural community.
Bobby helps to judge the baking competition before joining food entrepreneur Peter Ward who cooks him a dish which could not be more local.
For the final leg of the journey Bobby heads to the East Coast and Ireland’s capital, Dublin. Here he investigates the legacy of the city’s biggest manufacturer of Ireland’s most iconic export, Guinness!
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