The Marco Pierre White show? Not any more!
Rachel Allen to replace Tom Doorley on TV3’s The Restaurant, so...
WHEN The Restaurant star Tom Doorley recently served up his acerbic resignation to TV3, it must have been a bitter pill to swallow.
But now TV3 is like the cat that got the cream as it has secured Rachel Allen as a replacement for the food critic.
Popular Mr Doorley, an MoS columnist, announced he was quitting the show in September after 14 series – with more than a pinch of resentment – after he clashed with Marco Pierre White.
At the time of his resignation, Mr Doorley wrote: ‘On the first night of shooting he [White] was so unbearable – contradicting, making lofty pronouncements, talking over the rest of us and never shutting up – that I told him not to be so ‘f***ing patronising’.
‘Marco is like a human vortex; when he has an audience, everything is in orbit around him and he will not take any direction from floor managers, cameramen, directors or me.’
Mr White assumed his role at the critic’s table following the death of Paolo Tullio in 2015. But, just two
‘I hope she does better than I did with Marco’
seasons later, Mr Doorley called time on the show, claiming it had quickly become the Marco show and that he could no longer continue working with the production.
‘Suddenly The Restaurant was transformed into The Marco Pierre White Show for series thirteen.
‘We abandoned Wine Port near Athlone, where we had done the programme for years, and transferred to Marco Pierre’s restaurant in Donnybrook, where he now took, literally, centre stage,’ wrote Mr Doorley at the time.
According to a TV3 insider, the show’s producers were not surprised over Mr Doorley’s departure and have lined up top telly cook Ms Allen, to fill his shoes.
The Ballymaloe star has appeared as a guest critic on several occasions and is no stranger to the format.
It is major booking for the Ballymount broadcaster as Ms Allen is also starring on the Channel 4 format My Kitchen Rules.
She is also a regular staple on RTÉ’s cooking show schedule – having filmed several shows from her Co Cork kitchen.
The Restaurant has proven to be a major hit for the commercial broadcaster since buying in the format after RTE axed it from its schedule. It also replaced Celebrity Masterchef on TV3 which was cancelled after bringing in weak viewing figures.
TV3 declined to comment on the appointment. However, a senior source told the Mail that Ms Allen will be joining the team.
‘Rachel is a professional and we have no doubts that she will compliment Marco in The Restaurant. The show works because it has a great balance between the chefs in the kitchen, the front-ofhouse team and, of course, the diners. The judges are an important component and we were keen to cast Tom’s replacement carefully.
‘Rachel has a proven TV pedigree and is a household name – not just in Ireland, so it is an appointment that should please everyone.’
Filming for the new series is expected to take place at Marco’s Dublin restaurant early in the New Year. Speaking to the MoS, Tom wished the Cork cook well with her new endeavour and he said he hopes that she fares better with Marco than he did.
‘When I heard she was doing the show I was a bit surprised but I am delighted for her,’ he said. ‘Rachel is a good friend and I wish her all the best and I just hope she does better than I did with Marco.’
reCipe for suCCess?: Rachel is to replace Tom on TV3 show with Marco, inset
CritiCs: Tom with Rachel on an episode of TV3’s The Restaurant