Oisin narrowly misses out on Celebrity Masterchef title

March 13, 2017

Former Crossmaglen Rangers star Oisin McConville narrowly missed out on scooping another All-Ireland title when he was pipped to the post in the Celebrity Masterchef Ireland final by Eurovision singer Niamh Kavanagh.

The singer, who was born in Dublin, lives in Carrickfergus with her musician husband, Paul Megahey, and two teenage sons, Jack and Tom.

She impressed judges Daniel Clifford and Robin Gill, who proclaimed her raviolo al uovo with spinach and ricotta the “dish of the series”.

The 49-year-old was shocked as the pair called out her name as the winner of this year’s MasterChef Ireland.

Niamh shot to fame after singing the winning entry, In Your Eyes, at the Eurovision hosted by Ireland in 1993.

Oisin admits to being a complete novice in the kitchen before the series began, confessing he could not even boil an egg before he was asked to join the competition.

His culinary skills have since been transformed, earning him a growing reputation as he successfully progressed through the weekly heats of the television show to Thursday’s grand final.  Taking on the challenges with the same commitment he showed in his GAA career, the 41 year old continually impressed the judges  on the hit celebrity TV programme with the professional chefs declaring his John Dory dish “absolutely perfect”.  For Thursday’s final, the dad-of-two rustled up a pan-fried John Dory for starters, a main course of lamb rump, all finished off with a mouth-watering tonka creme caramel with lemon balm curd and raspberries.

The All-Ireland winner came a cropper at the last hurdle losing a battle with some caramel for his final dessert.

Eurovision star Niamh took home the Masterchef trophy after beating Oisin and actor Simon Delaney.

Despite missing out on the title, Oisin is delighted he can now whip up a Michelin star-inspired meal and he said it was a “massive achievement” to reach the final.

“I literally never did a thing in the kitchen and wouldn’t do anything. Beans and toast was the limit for me.

“I have been absolutely spoiled rotten my whole life with cooking. My mother really spoiled me. When I got married my wife said, ‘Don’t expect the same to happen with me’, but that’s exactly what did happened.”

Speaking about his time in the competition, he added,

“I actually loved it. I think sometimes we tend to put ourselves in a box and say we can’t do that, especially when you get to my age. But if you really give it a go then you can do it.

“I don’t fear the kitchen, ingredients or the terminology anymore.

“I have learned every single day from everything I do.”