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    West Cork and Kinsale on the menu on Italian TV - West Cork Times

    The judges of MasterChef Italia (l-r) Bruno Barbieri, Carlo Cracco and Joe Bastianich, during filming at Kinsale Rugby club last July. Pic: Sky Uno

    The judges of MasterChef Italia (l-r) Bruno Barbieri, Carlo Cracco and Joe Bastianich, during filming at Kinsale Rugby club last July. Pic: Sky Uno

    IMAGES of West Cork and Kinsale were beamed into the homes of more than 1.1 million Italians this recently, when an episode of MasterChef Italia – filmed here last summer – aired on Italian TV channel, Sky Uno.

    Tourism Ireland in Milan – in conjunction with Bord Bia – secured the famous culinary talent show for Ireland. Ireland was chosen for its exceptional, fresh produce – particularly our beef – as well as our spectacular scenery, which provides such a wonderful backdrop for the show. Already, each episode of this series of MasterChef Italia has attracted an audience of more than 1.1 million viewers.

    Filming MasterChef Italia’s Irish experience took place here last July. Charles Fort in Kinsale provided the backdrop for the opening scenes, as well as Cork’s English Market, which was the setting for the contestants to buy the produce they used to prepare their dishes. The challenge itself took place in Kinsale Rugby Club. The aspiring chefs preparing their dishes, using all Irish produce of the finest quality.

    Niamh Kinsella, Tourism Ireland’s manager Italy, said, “We were delighted to co-operate with Bord Bia to bring MasterChef Italy to Ireland. Ireland’s starring role in MasterChef Italia allows us to demonstrate that the island of Ireland offers extremely high quality food, as well as spectacular scenery. Food is such a vital component of the holiday experience nowadays, with travellers becoming more and more discerning about food and where they eat. Gastronomy and the extremely high quality of our food is a key theme being promoted by Tourism Ireland in Italy,” she said.

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