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Tracy falls at the third to join the Cooke who can’t cook

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So, Celebrity Masterchef Ireland on RTE 1 has reached the halfway mark and on Sunday they entertained us with the most technical task yet – recreating a very complicated dessert.

 

 

For those of us who like our cookery programme, what better combination than putting celebs through their paces in the kitchen.

 

It’s hard to say why certain programmes are popular with audiences but one thing for sure is that the novelty of any idea wears thin after a while, which is probably why the odd Celebrity version is made to pique our interest.

 

Unlike the other reality show on TV3 involving celebs in a jungle, it is not the public who decide who goes but the two judges, in this case Nick Munier and Dylan McGrath.

 

That meant of course that the two brimming with personality with little or no cooking skills got booted out first, comedian Gary Cooke and a model and broadcaster, Kamal Ibrahim.

 

Though I appreciate that contestants have to be booted out to find a winner, it is funnier watching people making a mess and Cooke definitely didn’t live up to his surname and gave us a few laughs. And poor Kamal, I would say, never had to cook for himself in his life. The expressions on his face as he heard culinary descriptions for the first time proved this, God love him. He was very likeable though and, I suspect, he may have caught the cooking bug after his short time on this show.

 

That left the more serious contestants, ones who really want to win the title.

 

On Sunday, the third in the series, it was desserts, not my own strong point, and as well as recreating a dessert made by the guest pastry chef, Claire Clarke from the French Laundry restaurant, they also had to make a dessert that was a nod to their childhood.

 

Most of them admitted they rarely had desserts when they were children but they were inventive enough and gave us viewers some new ideas.

 

It’s probably not surprising that the 400m sprinter, Dave Gillick, is so competitive but I believe he could be our winner.

 

His biggest competition is Maia Dunphy, another broadcaster who recently gave us a documentary about how much wine women consume.

 

Married to comedian Johnny Vegas, she has obviously been practising a lot in the kitchen in preparation for the Masterchef challenge.

 

Yvonne Keating, ex-wife of Ronan and apparently a woman of leisure, admitted from the start that she doesn’t really cook but she seems to be thriving.

 

Newsreader Aengus Mac Grianna is a nifty little cook and seems to be enjoying every minute of it.

 

Galway native, Conor Pope, a consumer journalist with The Irish Times, comes across as very earnest and despite his loud protestations, he is still in the competition.

 

Sports journalist Tracy Piggot handed in her apron on Sunday night, not surprisingly. Though she appeared to have some cooking skills, her presentation let her down every time but so too, I suspect, did her attitude. I got the feeling she gelled least with the rest of the group and that the judges didn’t like her, but I could be wrong. That’s part of the enjoyment of watching Masterchef — watching how the contestants perform under pressure and time constraints. And there’s the added pressure of being filmed and closely watched while cooking.

 

Claire Clark was very kind and appeared to like everything they made. The contestants showed their humanity by being genuinely thrilled when Claire praised them. Yeah, even celebs are human!

 

This group are not bad cooks at all. And Maia could almost work in a professional kitchen. Claire suggested she could work in hers.

 

Unlike previous Celebrity Masterchef from the UK, our own celebs are not throwing tantrums or playing to the gallery and they  appear to appreciate the opportunity of picking up a few new skills.

 

The programme makers have just finished looking for contestants drawn from the general public for an Autumn series. I wasn’t tempted because though I love cooking, I don’t have the patience for precision and presentation. My style is more rustic, which wouldn’t go down well on Masterchef.

 

It continues for another three Sundays on RTE 1 at 9.30pm.

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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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