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Rachel Allen has been announced as the new critic on hit Irish TV show The Restaurant, alongside Marco Pierre White.

The Restaurant will see six celebrities become head chefs over six weeks. They will be whisked off to Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill in Donnybrook, where they will attempt to produce a top-class, three-course menu of their own liking. Each celebrity will have to impress the palates of critics Marco Pierre White and Rachel Allen, by creating a top-class three course menu using the finest ingredients, in the hopes of being rewarded with a five star seal of approval.

During service, the celebrities will get instant feedback in the kitchen to their menu from remote cameras and microphones covering the dining room. The identity of the celebrities will remain a secret to the diners and the critics until service is over, at which point the celebrity will step out of the kitchen and face the critics in front of the diners.

The Restaurant airs on TV3 on Wednesday 21st February at 9pm.