Two South Tipperary solicitors are all set to do battle - in pursuit of the title of Celebrity Chef.
Lawyers Patrick Bardon and Máire McMahon are busy perfecting their recipes and honing their chopping skills in preparation for their heat of the Rotary Club of Clonmel’s Celebrity Chef competition.
Patrick is a solicitor with O’Shee Murphy in Clonmel and Máire is with Donal T. Ryan in Cahir.
They will cook off against each other on Saturday, January 28, in Cluain Restaurant, Nelson Street, Clonmel at 8pm.
It works like this: 60 diners will attend, with each chef cooking for half of them. They’ll be assisted by two professional chefs, Christine Meeke and Jenny Flynn.
Diners vote on which three-course menu they prefer and the winner will go on to the second round of the competition.
Already through to that round are local music maestro Danny Carroll, musician and keen cook Ken Horne and former Rotary President Anne Marie O’Brien.
Tickets, priced at E30 each, are available at Cluain Restaurant, Nelson Street, telephone 052-6125328, and early booking is advisable as they are selling out fast.
Diners can bring their own beverages.
The event is a fundraiser for Rotary’s international campaign to eradicate polio, to which every Rotary Club in the world is contributing.
They’re in good company as Microsoft founder Bill Gates has donated US$355 million to the cause, which is being matched by another US$200 million raised by Rotary clubs.
It has had an enormous impact on polio, funding immunisation campaigns in developing countries where polio continues to infect and paralyse children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.
As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. It’s only a few decades since polio affected many people in Ireland and as long as the virus remains anywhere in the world it could spread again.
The good news this month is that India has gone one full year without any cases of the virus being recorded and the incidence of polio is also falling in other developing countries.
Last year the Rotary Club of Clonmel planted thousands of purple crocus bulbs in the grounds of South Tipperary General Hospital to spell out the words ‘End Polio Now’ and they are due to bloom for the second time shortly, helping to raise awareness of the campaign.