Neven takes a bite out of Mayo next week

Clew Bay Scallops: Neven Maguire goes fishing for scallops in Clew Bay during his visit to Mayo for his new TV series.

Clew Bay Scallops: Neven Maguire goes fishing for scallops in Clew Bay during his visit to Mayo for his new TV series.

Celebrity chef Neven Maguire has returned to our TV screens with a new seven-part series of his popular Neven's Irish Seafood Trails show.

This is the third series Neven has dedicated to seafood, and his search for the finest and freshest produce takes him to Kerry, West Cork, Mayo, Galway, Louth and Clare.

The second programme which will air on Wednesday, January 13 at 8.30pm on RTÉ One will focus on the Mayo coastline. His first stop is in Newport where he joins scallop fisherman Ciaran Quinn for a fishing trip, sailing along the Newport River and out into Clew Bay.

Back on dry land Neven visits Westport, home to the award-winning restaurant An Port Mór, where chef Frankie Mallon shares his recipe for Scallops with Braised Oxtail.

Heading north west along the coast, Neven calls in at the Mulranny Park Hotel where general manager Dermot Madigan explains all about the Gourmet Greenway. This local food trail showcases the artisan food producers and restaurants situated along Mayo’s Great Western Greenway.

Neven is also treated to some seafood dishes made by the Mulranny Park Hotel’s head chef Chamila Mananwatta, who uses local produce to make Sri Lankan style recipes. These include a Turmeric Cured Salmon with a Tamarind Marination, and Pan fried Mackerel with Sri Lankan Spiced Tomato Chutney.

Neven then hires a bike and joins the Great Western Greenway, an off-road cycling and walking path along the route of the historic Westport to Achill railway.

He cycles to Achill Island to visit Achill Island Sea Salt, owned and run by the O’Malley family. At the factory and visitors’ centre he learns how the O’Malleys have revived the age-old tradition of sea salt production, using the pristine sea water surrounding the island to make distinct soft, flaky salt crystals.

 

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