Schoolboy aims to cook up a fortune

A SCHOOLBOY is one of 15 people vying for a potential fortune if he can cook up a recipe for success.

If he can produce a tasty treat and win out in a new challenge show on RTÉ One, his recipe will be stacked in SuperValu’s 180 stores nationwide.

RTÉ will start screening the first of the five-programme challenge early next May. The show was produced by staff in RTÉ’s Cork studios and features contestants from Cork, Limerick and Wexford.

RTÉ has not divulged the identities of the contestants but a spokeswoman for the national broadcaster said the participants were all amateur chefs.

“They range from people who cook as a hobby or those who are semi-professional. Some of them sell their produce at farmers’ markets. The 16-year-old boy, the youngest contestant, got into cooking after attending home economics classes,” the spokeswoman said.

Three contestants will compete in each programme with the winner being announced after the grand final, which will be screened in mid-June.

Viewers will see exactly what goes into the creation of the food the consumer buys — from perfecting the concept, to testing feasibility and refining the recipe.

They will then face judges from SuperValu’s own product development team which will choose one dish for mass production.

And the winning chef will get a percentage slice of the proceeds of every product sold.

The contestants’ gastronomic creations will be presented by Oliver Peyton, a renowned London-based restaurateur and the founder of Peyton and Byrne Limited, a chain which has several restaurants in London.

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