Your dinner on the telly

What’s Ireland Eating?2


Last year I made a documentary for RTÉ 1 called “What’s Ireland Eating?” Almost 1 million people tuned in as we showed you the secrets of how ham is processed and how old the chicken in your chicken sandwich really is.

We’re currently in the process of making another “What’s Ireland Eating?” We will be analysing what’s actually in your favourite takeaway; showing you the frankly scary results of a study highlighting what Irish babies are being fed; exploring our troubled relationship with sugar; and highlighting cutting edge science that helps explain why food is addictive.


But the programme is called “What’s Ireland Eating?” and we want your involvement to help us reflect that . This year we want to include pictures and videos of what you are actually eating in the programme. We want an honest snap shot of your diet for the day. Send us a picture of breakfast, or your mid morning snack or your evening meal. You can impress us with your immaculately presented Coquille St Jacques or Eggplant and Chive all day Omelette, but we really want people to be honest. Beans on toast, left over takeaway pizza, sneaky midnight bowl of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, as well as your more virtuous dishes.


We created a hashtag on twitter #whatsirelandeating on the day of broadcast of the first documentary. It was fascinating glimpse of what people were really and truly eating on a randomly selected Sunday in May. There were no traditional roast chicken lunches with all the trimmings but a lot of “Skittles Sandwiches” three day old Chicken Kormas and a few Lightly Tossed Green salads.


Here’s what we would like you to do. It couldn’t be simpler. Take a picture or a video on your phone or camera. Upload it to your computer and email it to Let me be clear, we don’t want to intrude on the privacy of your family, so don’t take pictures of yourselves eating. All we want is the image of your food. And of course by sending it to us you are agreeing to have it included in the progamme.


I wouldn’t ask you to do anything that I wasn’t prepared to do myself. So I kept food diary for a day recently, that’s all the pictures featured here. The good, the bad and the ugly including lefty over baby food and a very generous late night snifter. We sent it all off to a lab to be analysed. You can see me knocked sideways by the results on Sunday October 7th at 9.30 on RTÉ 1.


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