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Silver linings Donal Skehan returns with cookery show and says all families need a few healthy go-to dishes

Culinary whizz, best-selling author, doting dad and now you can add silver fox to Donal Skehan’s expansive resume

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Donal Skehan is back on our screens with his new cookery show.

Donal Skehan is back on our screens with his new cookery show.

Donal Skehan is back on our screens with his new cookery show.

Culinary whizz, best-selling author, doting dad and now you can add silver fox to Donal Skehan’s expansive resume.

Chatting all things fatherhood, food and fame, the Dubliner who is about to bring out his 10th book will be back in our kitchens when a new RTÉ series, Donal’s Family Kitchen, airs this month. And he promises there’s no hair dye in sight.

“I had been dyeing my hair since I was 25 and doing a bit of Just For Men but I remember seeing first greys when I was nineteen so I have been going grey since then. It got to the point where it started to look like not my hair anymore.

“I just decided feck it and said, ‘I can’t be a middle-aged man putting Just For Men in my hair waiting ten minutes for it to grey again.’ I feel good going back natural. I will take silver fox.

“I think thankfully people are alright with it, but I do get some people on my Youtube channel and a lot of younger users asking, ‘how has he aged, he was a 19-year-old boy and now he is a middle-aged man. I think the greys instantly give me a bit of stature.”

He may have cracked America and earned his title as one of Ireland’s most popular food broadcasters, but he admits he can still crack under pressure, especially when he’s cooking for his two young boys, tree-year-old Noah, and Oliver, who turns two in December.

“There’s lots of frazzled states all right, we were in the throes of some sleepless nights with our youngest and I can tell you a dinner coming to the table it happens a little bit less organized than what it should. I think everyone goes through different seasons of how they cook and how they use their kitchen and I think I’ve definitely become more kind of cognisant of that.

“I think there’s always there’s always going to be those days where the easiest thing would be just to reach for the takeaway menu but having a couple of bog standard recipes is a must, recipes I create on the new show. Like my mom, when I was growing up if we had Spaghetti Bolognese a couple of days in a row you’d know it was a rough.

“I ivariably, being really honest, it ends up like what do I have in the fridge? Like a lot of my cooking these days particularly with the boys is what can I get pan fry and what can I get to the table the quickest.”

Just settling into the new flow of life since his family’s return from LA during the pandemic, the 35-year-old is enjoying a slower pace of life.

“I want to say in the last like, five, six months, we’ve found our feet again here in Ireland. We’re only a year and a half back home and it’s taken that time to really feel like we’re settled here. And we have a bit of a system and even with being new parents, it’s only now that Noah has a place in a creche.

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“Fatherhood has been such an incredible experience, it is a gift, you are now responsible for two children, to guide them. Covid and becoming a new dad had really grounded me.”

  • Donal’s Family Kitchen starts on 13th October on RTÉ One, sponsored by Spar.
     

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