Donadea ham company on Home Chef tonight

The eighth programme of top chef Neven Maguire’s third TV series of ‘Home Chef’, being broadcast at 8.30 pm tonight (Thursday March 1) will feature Kildare’s Brady Family, the largest producer of cured ham in the country.

The eighth programme of top chef Neven Maguire’s third TV series of ‘Home Chef’, being broadcast at 8.30 pm tonight (Thursday March 1) will feature Kildare’s Brady Family, the largest producer of cured ham in the country.

One of RTÉ’s highest watched food programmes, Neven’s previous series attracted 315,000 viewers per show.

The Brady family started curing ham the old fashioned way in the 1970s and the company, based at Donadea, is now the largest producer of traditionally cured ham in the country.

According to the show’s producers - it’s a simple process, which “requires great skill to get right, in particular the butchery skills needed to bone and reshape the hams. It’s a world away from the mass produced ‘processed’ ham which is injected with water and ‘tumbled’ before being reformed”.

Neven meets the current owner, Tipperary farmer Bill O’Brien for a tour of the factory.

“There is one thought that continually struck me when I travelled around Ireland to film this new series – there has never been a better time to be a chef in Ireland” said Maguire. “As well as supporting local producers, the starting point for any good meal is great ingredients and the quality of our produce and pride in our food traditions is second to none. As people become more aware of what they are eating and where it is from, we are so lucky that we have the best fish, meat, game and grain and our dairy produce is among the world’s finest. This has been a great series to highlight the extraordinary work of Ireland’s food businesses, many passing through generations, and all focussed on providing the best Irish produce.”

‘Home Chef’ is broadcast on Thursdays, RTÉ 1 at 8.30 pm.