Chef and author Neven Maguire launch of new six-part RTE series
Last night, Ireland’s favourite food writers, bloggers and food lovers like gathered to celebrate the launch of Neven’s Italian Food Trails, (a six-part TV culinary and travel series premiering on RTÉ One) sponsored by Dunnes Stores Simply Better.
The show follows Neven’s travels across Italy, where he shows viewers, his experiences of tasting and enjoying amazing food and wine while meeting many local food and wine producers in the local areas. Some of the iconic Italian cities being showcased in the series will be: Venice, Sorrento, Parma and Florence.
“It was an experience of a lifetime for me and I am looking forward to sharing my adventures with viewers throughout the six weeks of the series. During the making of the series I tasted some of the best food and wine I have ever experienced and met with the most interesting food and wine producers who are as passionate about creating great products as I am about cooking with them.” Stated Neven himself.
Neven, who is easily one of the hardest working celebrity chefs in the industry is the owner and head chef of MacNean House, an author of 13 cookbooks and is currently the brand ambassador for the Dunnes Stores Simply Better Collection
“I believe Irish people have a strong connection to Italy and as a nation we have a great love of Italian food and wine.” Throughout the series Neven will be championing the very finest products that Italy has to offer.
Antonio Marchetti from Bertangi, has been a supplier to Dunnes Stores for years and in 2016, the Simply Better fresh pasta supplier. “To be involved with the Simply Better Collection is such a wonderful opportunity and to tell the story through Neven’s programme showing the origins of our products, using centuries old traditions, with the best raw materials handpicked by us.”
To celebrate the launch, Dunnes Stores Head Office was transformed into “Little Italy”, guests were treated to antipasti inspired by Neven, featuring products from the Simply Better Italian Collection including:
- Flatbread topped with basil pesto and Prosciutto di Parma
- Crostini topped with Gorgonzola
- Fig and Prosciutto di Parma
- Cherry tomato puff pastry tarts with Parmigiano Reggiano
- Mini Pizzettes topped with goats cheese, caramelised red onion and grilled peppers
Guests were then treated to an exclusive preview of the series, where Diarmuid Murphy, Brand Manager for Dunnes Stores Simply Better Collection introduced Neven and the series by saying, “We are so proud to be collaborating with Neven and the production team on this very special Italian culinary series and proud also that many of our producers are featured throughout the series.”
The event also highlighted the launch of the latest Cook with Neven Maguire magazine, this edition, Italian of course, features many of the producers appearing in the TV series and products exclusively available in the Dunnes Stores Simply Better Collection. Neven has created some delicious dishes, exclusively for the magazine which is now available free of charge in stores nationwide and available to download on www.dunnesstores.com from today.
Neven’s Italian Food Trails, a six-part TV culinary and travel series premieres on RTÉ One on Thursday 5th October at 7pm.
You can also find the latest Cook with Neven Magazine available here for download, courtesy of Dunnes Stores.