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Julia Hemingway (left) of Julia's Lobster Truck will appear on a brand new RTÉ Player Original series called Battle of The Food Trucks which begins on Tuesday, June 22, on RTÉ Player.

Julia set for The Battle of the Food Trucks

A BURREN resident, who has worked as a private chef to The Rolling Stones, will feature in a brand new RTÉ Player series starting tomorrow (Tuesday, June 22) night.

Julia Hemingway, of Julia’s Lobster Truck, will  take part in The Battle of The Food Trucks presented by James Patrice. Julia will go head-to-head with fellow mobile chefs from across Ireland in an attempt to be crowned Ireland’s finest food truck.

Julia will be planning to wow the judges with a menu of simple but delicious seafood, all fresh, local, and ethically sourced. Julia started her career in The French House, London and went on to work as a private chef to Mick Jagger and the Stones.

Contestants will need to pull out all the stops to impress the judges – Eric Matthews, Head Chef at Michelin starred Chapter One Restaurant and Instagram sensation and cookbook author Gina Daly of The Daly Dish.

Over the course of six weeks, six contestants compete against one another in a series of challenges to see who can win the crown and the coveted title of “Irelands Finest Food Truck” and drive away with €5,000 prize money.

In each episode, the food trucks are set a cooking challenge by James Patrice and the judges decide who is going home or who will battle it out for another week.

For starters, the contestants must create their ‘Signature Dish’ and if that tickles the judges taste buds, they move onto episode two creating their ‘Debut Dish’ – a brand new dish that represents their truck, which will show off their creativity and flair.

What they’re cooking in episode three is anyone’s guess as they are handed a ‘Mystery Box’ of ingredients so they must be quick thinkers and fast on their feet as they have 60 minutes to serve up a delicious dish for the judge’s approval.

In Episode Four it’s time to switch things up as the food trucks challenge is ‘The Pressure Cooker’. They are in unfamiliar territory as the final three contestants switch trucks and cook their competitors signature dish.

‘A Visual Feast’ is the challenge for Episode Five. The final three chefs must cook a vegan dish and take an insta-worthy shot to sell it to us on social media. One image must say it all! For this episode, the judges are joined by fellow Daly Dish-er Karol Daly who happens to know a thing or two about social media as he runs ‘The Daly Dish’ Instagram with his wife and fellow judge Gina Daly. The duo, alongside Eric will decide who will be in the final.

For the final show, Tara Anderson joins James for the big finale as they share a three-course meal for the final challenge ‘Cooking for the Stars’.


About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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