Brian hopes to secure his own RTE TV show

‘No Salt Chef’ signed up for second season of ‘Today’ programme

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Inishowen celebrity chef Brian McDermott could be on the verge of securing his own national TV show after being signed up for a second season on RTE’s ‘Today’ programme.

Brian, who is the only independent in-house chef on the popular lifestyle show, is understandably delighted to have been invited back to become ‘part of the RTE family’.

“I’m over the moon because it’s much harder to secure a year-two slot than it is for the initial year. The producers told me that they now consider me part of the RTE family, which is very rewarding,” the 38-year-old father-of-two said.

With the first of around a dozen planned appearances on ‘Today’ beginning on RTE1 next Monday, October 13, the Moville-based culinary expert is hoping to go one step further with his very own cookery programme.

“Three years ago I would never have dreamed of being on live television but now there is talk of my own show, which is absolutely amazing. RTE mooted the idea of me doing my own programme and they said it’s something they are very much considering,” Brian revealed.

RTE says Brian has taken to live television ‘like a duck to water’, and he will feature on ‘Today’ at least once every fortnight in the coming months.

“I just can’t emphasise how much this means to me. In the words of Neven Maguire – ‘You have made it now, you have achieved your national television breakthrough’ – I am just so delighted,” Brian smiled.

“I actually enjoy doing the show and that’s one of the things that RTE has recognized. I think the banter between myself and Dáithí [Ó Sé] comes across,” he added.

As he has been doing for a number of years now, Brian will continue to promote healthy eating in his guise as the ‘No Salt Chef’.

“It’s been a great springboard personally – getting me invited to headline food festivals right around the country – but the ‘Today’ programme has also been a fantastic platform to spread the no-salt message.”

“No money or marketing could allow me to reach so many people. The ‘Today’ show has allowed me to bring no-salt dishes and recipes into every home in Ireland,” he said.

Brian says he will also continue to use his prominent TV position to promote his home peninsula.

“It’s important that I continue to carry the message that Inishowen is up here; and RTE has encouraged me to do that in season two.”

“A lot of the feedback I’ve been getting right across the country is that I always try to mention Inishowen and I will keep doing that. If there are Inishowen producers or stories around food that need told I will happily tell those stories or carry that local produce.”

‘No Salt Chef’ Brian McDermott returns to ‘Today’ on RTE1 next Monday, October 13 at 4.30pm.