Full list of celebs to appear on The Restaurant reality show revealed – including RTE star and GAA legend


THE full list of celebrities appearing on reality show The Restaurant has been revealed – and includes an RTE star and a GAA legend.

The fan-favorite show returns next week after going on hiatus for the past three years.


Doireann Garrihy tackles the Restaurant
Comedian Deirdre O'Kane


Comedian Deirdre O’Kane

Viewers will see celebrities pushed out of their comfort zone and into the kitchen.

Six new stars don the chef’s uniform and create a menu that will hopefully impress experts Marco Pierre White and Rachel Allen.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new Virgin Media series.


RTE 2fm breakfast host and social media star Doireann will try their hand at cooking in the new series.

The facial expressions and social media star previously opened up about how challenging it was for her.

She said: “So before I went on vacation to Spain I did a pretty average challenge (@donalskehan I don’t want to hear you say a word)… I went on @therestaurant!!!!!

“Jokes aside, anyone who has ever been subjected to my cooking or watched me cook on insta live will know that I am extremely picky when it comes to cooking.

“Like, a shocking lack of skills. It’s been a miracle that I’ve kept myself alive since I left home.

“But @aoibhingarrihy and @donnchaocallaghan (graduates of The Restaurant) assured me it would be the toughest but MOST rewarding day on set ever…and they weren’t wrong.

“I had the absolute best craic with the whole team, and I can’t wait for you to see it. Soon!!”


Comedian Deirdre O’Kane will bring some humor to the show’s cooking.

Deirdre is no stranger to reality shows having appeared on the first series of Dancing With The Stars and has appeared on numerous panel shows.

Deirdre is also the narrator of Gogglebox Ireland as well as a hugely successful stand-up and presenter.


GAA legend Philly McMahon will swap football boots for a chef’s hat in the new series.

Philly McMahon is cooking up a storm


Philly McMahon is cooking up a storm

Philly previously revealed that his wife’s pregnancy played a big part in his retirement.

The EIGHT-TIME All-Ireland winner ended his stellar inter-county career with the Boys in Blue last year.

And the Ballymun Kickhams star says his wife Sarah Lacey was the “big decision” to walk away from the inter-county game.

He told Ireland AM: “The first was my wife. When you think back to a sporting career, I’m very lucky to be playing a sport that I love. It started out as a hobby, but your wife or partner is the one who basically makes all the sacrifices.

“My wife Sarah is due to have a baby in two weeks and that was the big deciding factor for me.”


Young Offenders star Demi Isaac Oviawe will do his best to impress the judges this year.

Demi Isaac Oviawe hopes to impress the judges with his cooking


Demi Isaac Oviawe hopes to impress the judges with his cooking

Demi has previously featured on Dancing With The Stars and most recently appeared on ITV’s Holding, the adaptation of Graham Norton’s crime novel.

Demi proved she can take direct roles too with a moving performance as a Nigerian woman struggling to have a child in To All My Darlings.

It premiered at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, which went live last year.

She said: “The role is so different from anything I’ve done before. I had never been asked to play a Nigerian woman before and I didn’t need any convincing to do it once I read the script.


Gary O’Donovan and his brother Paul made the country proud when they won silver at the Rio Olympics in 2016, it was Ireland’s first ever Olympic rowing medal.

Gary O'Donovan will show if he's as good a cook as he is a rower


Gary O’Donovan will show if he’s as good a cook as he is a rower

That same year, Gary and Paul won another gold medal at the 2016 European Rowing Championships.

However, by taking on a completely different challenge, Gary will feel the heat in the kitchen.


Leinster and Ireland rugby legend Devin Toner hopes to impress the judges with his dishes.

At 6ft 11in, he was the tallest player at the Heineken Cup and the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Rugby legend Devin Toner


Rugby legend Devin Toner

Devin confirmed in March that he would retire at the end of the season.

Toner, who turned 36 in June, made a record 276 appearances for Leinster, as well as 70 caps for Ireland.

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Lock said: “There’s never a good time I guess and you’d love to keep playing but I feel very lucky to have had the career I’ve had and I’m able to leave the sport I’ve had. love and the club that I love, healthy and on my own terms.

“I’ve been at the club long enough to understand that not everyone is so lucky, and I think now is the time to focus on this next chapter.”

Watch The Restaurant, Tuesday 27e September at 9 p.m. on Virgin Media One and Virgin Media Player.


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