Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire showcasing Ireland's rich culinary heritage on 'Blasta', TG4.Posted: 2 November, 2018
'Blasta' is a new eight part television series airing on TG4 which explores and showcases Ireland's rich culinary heritage and is presented by DIT Culinary Arts Lecturer, food historian and award winning chef, Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire.
The programme takes Máirtín around the country each week, exploring and experiencing some of Ireland's disappearing traditional recipes and foods in an attempt to highlight and revive these recipes which make up part of Ireland’s unique culinary history.
‘Blasta’ showcases the country's rich food heritage through ordinary people presenting their own recipes and methods, often handed down through the generations. Each week, three traditional family recipes are shared and sampled and the chosen recipe proceeds to be included on a local restaurant menu. To date, recipes from Cork, Donegal and Waterford such as tripe and drisín, stuffed sheep's heart, beef bone broth, Indian meal bread, herring and oysters have featured on the programme and who knows, some of these recipes may soon make a return to our kitchen and restaurant tables!
The programme is also part of a wider food heritage and folklore project collecting and archiving old recipes and cookbooks, oral history and traditions relating to food and family recipes as well as cookery utensils and artifacts currently in the hands of members of the public. The ongoing archiving project is seeking contributions from the public which are collated and presented on the online platform www.blasta.ie in conjunction with the Irish Folklore Commission, TG4 and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
Dr. Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire has written and published extensively on Irish food history and heritage and in 2009 he became the first Irish chef to be awarded a Ph.D. for his thesis 'The Emergence, Development and Influence of French Haute Cuisine on public dining in Dublin Restaurants 1900-2000: An Oral History'. Máirtín co-founded and chairs the biennial Dublin Gastronomy Symposium. He is a regular contributor at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery and is chair of the Masters in Gastronomy and Food Studies in DIT. Along with his two Ph.D. candidates, Dorothy Cashman and Tara Kellaghan, Máirtín is building a research cluster around Ireland's culinary past and heritage. He is also an accomplished ballad singer, a regular contributor on food in national and international media and 'Blasta' is his second culinary television series for TG4, following on from the two six-part series of cookery programmes 'Aingeal sa Chistin'.