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A Tale Of Two Foodies
The word on the street is that RTÉ has a major hit on its hands with the new cookery competition show, MasterChef Ireland. It features two of the country's leading restauranteurs – the fiery Dylan McGrath of Rustic Stone and the genial Nick Munier of Pichet – who adjudicate on the efforts of 16 aspiring culinary stars. It’s a series in which the sparks are guaranteed to fly – and on occasion the tears to flow.
Olaf Tyaransen, 16 Sep 2011
DYLAN: I think today in Dublin, you have to work your business. You’ve got to be there. And I always find that restaurants of any level that are really good are a team of people, they’re not one person. When you rely on one person to make a restaurant, it doesn’t really work. You need the people around you. I’m sitting here today and I’m talking to you, and all my guys are back there working, they’re trying really hard, they’re on the ball, and you can’t beat that. When you learn how to put really great, amazing people around you, and you learn how to motivate them, be it a two, three Michelin star restaurant or casual dining brasserie or a café or a bistro or whatever, it really is about the team and the people and how they gel together and how they get along and make the place work. And when customers come to your door, it’s about how you make them feel, regardless of just the food. It’s about them, it’s about the service. It’s those little things. Did you care? People know when you care, they feel when you care, and they’ll be back if you care. You make the wheel go round, but it’s all the spokes that matter.
NICK: Yeah, you’re only as good as your team. Actually, I’ve just realised that we were supposed to be plugging MasterChef Ireland, and all we’ve done is plug our own restaurants.
DYLAN: Yeah, we both kind of sang our own song. Ah well!
NICK: He was only looking for the dirt anyway, Dylan!
DYLAN: He was. We didn’t give him much (laughs).
MasterChef Ireland airs Tuesdays and Thursdays on RTÉ Two at 9.30pm with extensive extra coverage the following mornings between 9am and 10am on The John Murray Show, RTÉ Radio 1.