In Unique's hit format for Ireland's RTE, celebrity guests play the role of head chef at a real restaurant and have to endure feedback from diners

In Unique's hit format for Ireland's RTE, celebrity guests play the role of head chef at a real restaurant and have to endure feedback from diners

The format

A sort of celebrity version of Jamie's Kitchen. Each week a celebrity with a passion for food takes on the role of head chef, running a real restaurant. The celebrities have to come up with a detailed menu as well as get their hands dirty cutting, slicing, frying and baking. As head chefs they are responsible for ensuring that quality and service are maintained and that diners and critics are satisfied. The twist is that the kitchen staff are able to listen in to what all the diners think of the quality of their meals.

Who's showing it?

The Restaurant has already aired this summer in Ireland on RTE1 where it consistently reached an average audience share of around 39%.

Coming to the UK?

Noel Edmonds' Unique owns the rights and is talking to terrestrial broadcasters but nothing has been finalised. RDF International is the format's distributor.

Will it work here?

Certainly likely, considering the UK's current obsession with all things celebrity and that Jamie's Kitchen was a runaway success for Channel 4.

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