Radio 4 foodie show comes from Guildhall

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Londonderry’s rising reputation as a foodie destination takes another giant leap forward this week when BBC Radio 4’s culinary panel show, The Kitchen Cabinet, comes from the Guildhall.

The show, which was recorded last week, kicks off the new series of the popular programme hosted by renowned restaurant critic Jay Rayner, and will be broadcast on Saturday, September 24 at 10.30am.

It may be an auspicious occasion for the city as it’s the first time the programme “packed full of tasty titbits” has been recorded on the banks of the Foyle but, also for Rayner who turned 50 on the same day.

Mayor of Derry and Strabane Alderman Hilary McClintock, said she was delighted the show’s producers had chosen to record The Kitchen Cabinet in the city during NI Year of Food and Drink 2016 and is looking forward to welcoming the team to the Guildhall.

Mayor McClintock added: “This is an exciting opportunity to share some of our best food stories with an even wider broadcast audience and we look forward to The Kitchen Cabinet being aired on BBC Radio 4 on September 24.”

Mary Blake, Council’s Tourism Manager, said: “This year has been phenomenal in terms of international interest in Derry as a destination and, to be hosting The Kitchen Cabinet with its huge listenership, is really going to help put us further on the culinary map. We are delighted to welcome Jay Rayner and hope he has an opportunity to explore some of our LegenDerry foodie destination. Derry is in the running for Foodie Destination Ireland this year so this is a very fitting location for The Kitchen Cabinet.”

Rayner was joined by panellists including BBC Radio Ulster resident chef Paula McIntyre, a stalwart of Londonderry’s food festivals; Tim Anderson, 2011 TV Masterchef winner and Japanese food expert; Rachel McCormack, the Gaswegian cook and Catalonian food expert; and Zoe Laughlin, the show’s materials expert.

The Kitchen Cabinet from Derry’s Guildhall will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday, September 24 at 10.30am and repeated on Tuesday, September 27 at 3pm. For details on how to apply for forthcoming shows, visit www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours.