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I've just spent the most entertaining hour of lockdown on my laptop listening to a lot of people in their kitchens trying to keep up with chef Derek Steele in one of his weekly cook-along shows he partners with footballing legend Gerry Armstrong.

Derek has a reputation for quality, having spent time in Salty Dog and Harry's Shack among others. The north Antrim man has felt the chill winds of restaurant closures as badly as any others. Where does a chef go when there's nowhere to cook and nobody to cook for? Zoom, naturally.

Gerry Armstrong, who has built up a huge international following with his weekly Thursday Facebook chat show, recruited Derek to set up a series of cook-alongs which are so engaging they could, if they're not careful, feasibly end up as an interactive TV show broadcast to thousands. For now though the pleasure is confined to a select group of 12 devices whose owners have been happy to fork out £25 to join in the Monday night's craic.


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