Engineer by day and five-star chef by night, Trevor Thornton is set to shake up RTE"s Heat when he cooks for a panel of expert critics who will be scrutinising every detail of his "haute-cusine" menu.
Trevor is the second Mullingar cook to reach the last stages of the popular cooking show "Heat". Last year Ann Hamill was runner up and Tuesday 7th April will see Trevor vying for a place in the show"s final.
"Heat" is to thank for Trevor"s transition from 'good cook' to stellar chef as he devoured the programme"s tips, hints and fancy menus.
'I always liked cooking but the show really took my menus and style to a different level and this year when they were advertising for new contestants I was actually the first person to email so I obviously I was keen,' he laughed.
Trevor who lives with wife Tina in Petitswood in Mullingar has been working for Trend Technologies for six years finally got the chance to indulge his passion through the programme.
'Of course we have a mortgage to pay and would like to start a family so it wouldn"t be practical for me just to down tools and pursue this full-time just at the moment but I am looking into ways to work part-time.
'I don"t cook like this every night of course because it wouldn"t be practical to start a four-hour menu when I get in from work but I do treat family and friends at the weekends.
'I was very excited to be able to cook the menu you will see on tonight"s show. I would describe my style and as classical with a twist, I take good traditional food and put my own take on it.'
Tonight Trevor will cook pan seared scallops with butternut squash velouté, cep ravioli and a parmesan crisp followed by tournedos of fillet beef, with seared Foie Gras, pomme maxime and Madeira jus. If your mouth isn"t watering yet Trevor"s dessert will be a light chocolate sponge layered with vanilla cream, pecan praline topped with chocolate and accompanied with fresh raspberries.
The show airs on RTE 1 tonight at 8.30pm. Check the website www.westmeathexaminer.ie to see more on Trevor"s story.