FOOD IN FOCUS ?The ‘Rebel Chef’ Antoine Sicotte (second from left), during filming for the new season of his Canadian food series, with from left: Jean-Sébastian Desrosiers, director; Jérôme Hof, cameraman; and Adriana Canellas, production co-ordinator.?Pic: John Sheehan Photography
Canadian cookery show films at Cong
Canadians will tune in to four Irish episodes of popular French-Canadian TV cookery series Le Cuisinier Rebelle Prend L’Air (‘Rebel Chef Hits the Road’) next month.
Renowned French-Canadian chef Antoine Sicotte, aka the ‘Rebel Chef’, visited Ashford Castle and Mayo with his production crew last week. He was here – as a guest of Tourism Ireland in Toronto – to film four episodes for the new season of his hit TV show.
Filming took place in Mayo, as well as in Galway, Belfast, Dublin and Cork – with four one-hour episodes due to air this November on Canadian food channel, Zeste. These will then be repeated in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Sicotte is one of Canada’s top chefs and the author of an award-winning cooking book, also called Le Cuisinier Rebelle. He travels the world exploring different food cultures and trying out innovative cooking techniques.
In the Mayo and Galway episode, Canadian viewers will see the Rebel Chef visit Ashford Castle in Cong, where he enjoys a tour of the castle and grounds; prepares a meal with the hotel’s multi-award-winning head chef, Stefan Matz; and tries his hand at falconry and archery.
Jayne Shackleford, Tourism Ireland’s manager in Canada, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Rebel Chef agreed to film at Ashford Castle and Ireland, in his quest to discover new food inspiration around the world … Food is such an integral part of every holiday experience nowadays, with travellers becoming more and more discerning about food and where they eat, and we know our Canadian visitors appreciate and enjoy our authentic, locally-produced food.
“The four episodes filmed in Ireland will be seen by up to 2 million foodies – or potential holidaymakers – encouraging them to come and sample the culinary delights of the destination for themselves.”
The Cong episode is also likely to be watched by many of the Mayo diaspora who have settled in Canada over the past number of years and who might like a taste of home.