The 2nd episode in this series shown on Sunday 25th September at 18:30 on RTÉ One will feature our Chairman John Howard who is in action doing some crop control on pigeons for the show.
Full data on the series is shown below.
Lords & Ladles
Broadcast Dates: Sept 18th at 18:30
RTE One Sundays at 18:30 to 19:30 for six weeks
Lords & Ladles is back for a second series traversing the country and taking the viewer on a historical journey to celebrate our past through the wonders of food and the glories of cooking. The series features three of Ireland’s finest Chefs: Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio and Paul Flynn who are as oddly complimentary as the original Top Gear trio, with egos to match.
Each week the Chefs arrive at a Great Irish Country House to recreate a grand dinner from its history while tantalising the TV audience with sumptuous descriptions of the treats that are on the menu. But first they must Draw Lots for the division of labour – one will Gather the ingredients, one will Cook, and one will get to Dine with the Gentry.
The Gatherer must source the ingredients for the feast – hunting, shooting and fishing feature strongly, as do lambs ears, sheep’s feet and of course lots of tongue! The Cook will familiarise themselves with the workings of the kitchen and grapple with the enormous amount of food that seems to have been the norm for a grand house dinner.
Meanwhile the Diner gets to explore the house with the family, learning about its place in the history of the area and the Island, the trials and tribulations of the family seat and of course help lay the table using the finest silver and china from the house safe.
The Cook’s work all done, the meal will be served with all the pomp and ceremony it deserves, to the audible delight of the diners who can’t help themselves from gasping at the spectacle as the sumptuous banquet is laid before them.
Each episode is set in one of Ireland’s many stately homes.
Huntington Castle, Co Carlow
Alex and Clare Durdin-Robertson farm and work the estate which has been their family home since the 17th century – Paul Flynn and Derry Clarke serve up a sumptuous feast that includes a whole roast pig on the spit – boiled goose and sheep’s feet! Yum…
Ballymacmoy House, Co COrk
Home of the founder of Hennessy Cognac Richard Hennessy, the house has been lovingly restored to a family home by his 8th generation descendant Frederic Hennessy. Derry Clarke aided by Catherine Fulvio must grapple with stuffed lambs’ ears which Paul will have to chew on. Catherine hopes to land a salmon for the table with the help of local ghillie Jeremiah Butler, on the Blackwater in Killavullen; she lifts some lobster pots with Adrian Walsh of Ballycotton Seafood out of Ballycotton harbour; and John Howard, Chairman of the Federation of County Cork Gun Clubs provides some pigeon for the table from a field where crops are being damaged by birds.
Tourin House, Co Waterford
A stunning house on the banks of the Blackwater is home to the Jameson sisters whose father was the driving force behind the formation of Irish Distillers. The feast created by Catherine Fulvio includes a macabre dish of lamb’s head which makes for quite the centrepiece.
Hilton Park, Co Monaghan
Fred Madden’s great great grandfather traversed the globe before turning his attention to the upgrading of the family home in Monaghan which Fred’s father Johnny Madden refers to as an iced-cake. Derry Clarke holds the ladle for the recreation of a hunt supper from 1908 featuring such delicacies as Pudding à la Diplomat and Turkey boiled with oysters.
Ballinlough Castle, CO Westmeath
Sir Nicholas and Alice Nugent have taken the reins at Ballinlough where they host the annual Body & Soul Festival. Nick’s mom Pepe recalls a very different era where everyone knew their place. Paul must once again battle with the spit but this time with a more manageable kid goat gathered by Catherine.
Enniscoe House, Co Mayo
The Kelletts of Mayo came to Ireland with Cromwell, purchased land and built this lovely house on the banks of Lough Conn. General Humbert and his men ransacked the place in 1798. Catherine recreates a meal from the late 18th century but she may be waiting a while for Derry to catch the ingredients for her dish of Boiled Trout with Shrimp Sauce.
Producer: Bernadine Carraher
Director: Maurice Linnane
DOP: Andrew Cummins
Featuring: Derry Clarke, Catherin Fulvio, Paul Flynn
A Mind the Gap Films Production for RTE Lifestyle