The Lazy Chef is TV3’s latest food offering, showcasing Simon Lamont as he travels around the country, showing people that cutting corners needn’t mean cutting down on taste.
Simon’s quest for big flavours sees him meeting some big characters, all as passionate about food as himself. Over the course of the series, he will travel the length and breadth of this beautiful island to sample the spoils of Irish cuisine, interacting with those who are dedicated to providing the very best locally made produce.
In this first episode of the series, Simon visits Cork. ‘The Rebel County’ is famed for its influence on the artisan food movement so it’s a must stop for Simon. And with a coastline spanning in excess of 1000km there is some superb seafood on offer. Simon’s first port of call is Toonsbridge Dairy, where Toby Simmons of the Real Olive Company and Johnny Lynch have joined forces to bring Italian Water Buffalo to Cork. The mozzarella is made daily and Simons gives a helping hand in return for some mozzarella that marries the best of the Irish terrain with the authentic processes. With his cheese sorted, the ‘cheatza’ pizza needs a few lazy touches so a trip to the renowned English Market is required. The market is a social hub for the city that has nurtured, embraced and pushed forward the food industry across the whole county. After all that hard work it’s time for a pit stop at the famous Deasy’s of Clonakilty for a little sweet treat. The Head Chef, Caitlin, shows Simon how to make a famous Sicilian dessert – Cannoli!
‘The Lazy Chef’ airs this Thursday 16th October at 8.30pm on TV3.