In this week’s episode of Chew The Fat, the penultimate episode of series one of our podcast, we sit down with Donal Skehan to talk penning cookbooks, family life, presenting entirely in Swedish, travel inspirations and his guilty pleasure – Eurovision!
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Before you knew him as the accomplished food writer and TV presenter fast becoming a household name the world over, Skehan worked in TV production, spent summers cooking in Sweden (to woo his future wife, Sofie) and even had a fledgling music career in the short-lived band Industry. He also vied to represent Ireland at Eurovision once upon a time and was only narrowly beaten by a fowl-mouthed, out-of-tune puppet named Dustin The Turkey – the less said about that debacle the better!
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On good summer evenings back home in Ireland we used to sit up in this spot and enjoy the sunsets with a view right over the town I grew up in… 🇮🇪 It’s only been 2 years since we moved to Los Angeles and it feels like a whole other chapter ago we used to sit here and dream up what we wanted to do next, not at all sure if we could even make them happen! 🇺🇸 There’s so much we both miss about home especially now that Noah is here and growing so quickly but both he and this move to a city 6000 miles away has been some of our greatest adventures to date and make us grateful everyday! 👶🏼 Thanks for being part of our little journey- A few words/excellent clichés that always keep me going and hopefully might help you… 💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥 Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Be brave. Don’t settle. Say how you feel. Find your passion. Be true to yourself. Surround yourself with primarily with positive people. Stand up for the things that matter. Love every ounce of your bones and the people you spend your time with. Enjoy every minute of the journey! 💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥 HAPPY WEEKEND- have a great one! Dxx
We’ve met Donal a handful of times over the years and he’s always a joy to chat to – however brief. Always smiling, always joking around, and with boundless energy and excitement we’re so excited we got the chance to sit down properly and Chew The Fat about the many lives he’s had already and try to get to know the guy behind it all a little better – we could have talked for hours, in all honesty!
Donal Skehan is quickly becoming one of the most successful cookbook authors, presenters and social media personalities in the food sphere and beyond. Originally from Howth in Dublin, but now based in Los Angeles, Skehan has penned no less than eight cookbooks, fronted countless TV shows (Saturday Kitchen, Junior MasterChef, his own cookery and travel programmes for Food Network and RTÉ) and is an incredibly accomplished food writer and photographer. He’s incredibly hard-working and it’s inspiring to see his star rise and rise on a global scale, not just in Ireland and the UK.
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Meals In Minutes, my new cookbook is now ready for pre-order! I’ll leave a link in my bio and on Instagram stories! No more dinner dilemmas-Lots of great quick dinner inspiration to get you cooking speedy suppers! Thrilled to tell you we’re going to be filming a new 10 part TV series with recipes from the book with RTE One and @spar_ireland this August in Dublin! Exciting few months ahead! 🎉🤘🏼💥🙌🏼🎉💥 #donalsmealsinminutes
Forever on-the-go and one of the most in demand of his ilk in the industry, we managed to nab him on-set for a half-hour chat on a very busy trip back to Dublin to film his next RTÉ series, Donal’s Meals In Minutes.