Donal Skehan – Bio, Equipment and Kitchen Utensils

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Biography

Donal Skehan is an Irish YouTuber, chef, former pop singer, writer and TV presenter. He was born on June 3, 1986 in Dublin, Ireland. He and his wife Sofie currently reside in Los Angeles, USA.

Career

His musical career began in 2006, when he became member of the pop boy band Streetwize. After two years he shown up on Euronsong 2008 Irish qualifications where he ended up in final. During 2009 he joined Irish band Industry. After band disbanded in 2010, he dropped musical career, and resumed his growing cooking career.

Donal began cooking career back in 2007 when he created a blog named “Good Mood Food”. Blog become popular and eventually became online cookbook. This landed him many appearances on TV shows so as live demonstrations on a few foods related live events.

In 2011 he created food TV show called “Kitchen Hero” which aired on RTE One. Same year he released his first written cook book. In 2012 he created show “Good Food” which still airs on British UKTV network. Same year he was presenter and the judge on reality TV show Junio MasterChef which aired on BBC.

In 2013 he was guest on Jamie Oliver’s YouTube channel. Due the enormous success of the web episode he decided to create his own YouTube channel. His YouTube channel become uber popular, currently he counts almost 850.000 subscribers.

His career continued to go upward. In 2015 he created and presented new TV show “Follow Donal” which aired on Food Channel. He also appeared couple of times in the Mitt kök TV show on the Swedish TV4 channel.

Currently he regularly guests on “Saturday Kitchen” TV show on BBC One and manage his YouTube channel.

Donal authored six food related books:

  • Good Mood Food: Simple Healthy Homecooking (2010)
  • Kitchen Hero (2012)
  • Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Everyone (2012)
  • Home Cooked (2013)
  • Live. Go – Fresh Food Fast (2016)
  • Fresh: Simple, Delicious Recipes to Make You Feel Energized! (2017)
  • Donal’s Meal in Minutes: 90 Suppers from Scratch, 15 Minutes Prep (2019)
  • Donal’s Super Food in Minutes: Easy Recipes. 30 Minutes or Less. Good for you too! (2019)

Private Life

Donal Skehan grow up in Dublin. He went to Sutton Park School and later on continued to study media at Dublin Business School.

In 2015 he married Sofie Larrson (February 3, 1980), Swedish actress. During 2016 couple moved to Los Angeles, USA. In 2018 couple got their first child, a son named Noah Ziggy Skehan.

Equipment

Lots of Donal shows are professionally produced and we don’t know what equipment is used there, however we found lots of gear he uses for his personal YouTube channel and in his kitchen.

Home and Kitchen Appliances

Knives and Cutting Boards

Donal Skehan uses ZWILLING J.A. Henckels 38401-183 38401-183 knife, but he also has few unknown models of IKEA chef knives which were probably only available for certain amount of time on European market.

We recognized three brands of cutting boards in his videos. One is the unknown model of Williams Sonoma cutting board, second is Boumbi Fragrant Camphor Laurel Wood cutting board and the third one is John Boos WAL-R02 cutting board made from Walnut wood.

Pans and Pots

In lots of his videos we can see that he uses Staub Round Cocotte dutch oven, which is one of the best dutch ovens money can buy. He similarly has Ballarini 75002-611 ServInTavola Mini Dutch Oven and Demeyere 41328 Atlantis stainless steel dutch oven.

Pans he uses are: Mrs. Anderson’s Baking 31816 pan, ZWILLING J.A. Henckels roasting pan, De Buyer 5610.26A Mineral B Frying Pan, Ballarini 75001-092 ServInTavola mini fry pan, Staub 40501-111-0 American grill pan, Demeyere Atlantis 2.6-Quart Sauté pan and Demeyere 5-Plus stainless-steel pan.

From porcelain dishes in his videos we recognized Staub Oval Dish.

His wok is KEN HOM Carbon Steel Wok and can is induction compatible.

Food Processor, Mixers and Blenders

He uses Magimix 4200 XL food processor. Mixer of his choice Is KitchenAid KSM150PSGA Artisan series mixer. He has few blenders but we only recognized one – Cuisinart CSB-79 Smart Stick 2 blender.

Utensils

Microplane Master Series Stainless Steel, Salad Servers Bamboo, Pyrex Simply Store glass rectangular food containers, Pyrex Prepware measuring cup, IETONE Vegetable Peeler, Walfos Premium Sturdy Tongs for BBQ and Grill, Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Strainer with foldable funnel, TEEVEA set of 3 beaters and a MEKBOK stainless steel strainer basket.

Aroma Diffuser

In one of his videos we can see that Donal has MUJI Aroma Diffuser.

Spices and Supplements

Donal and his family use Kuli Pure Moringa Vegetable Powder.

Baby Stroller

If you noticed their baby stroller and wondering which model is it, it’s the UPPAbaby Vista Stroller.

Technical gear

Camera

Videos on his channel are shot with the Canon EOS 5D MKIII, while his outdoor videos are taken with the Canon PowerShot G7X. With his Canon 5D he uses Canon 24-105 mm lens.

Tripod

He uses Manfrotto 190 XPROB tripod.

Lighting

Donal uses Interfit collapsible 5-1 reflector for his lighting needs.

Computer and Editing Software

Donal Skehan uses Apple Macbook Pro 13 as a daily driver and Apple iMac 27” for his editing needs. Apple Final Cut Pro X is the software he uses for video editing.

Income and Net Worth

Some Irish newspappers estimated his net worth to be around $3 million but exact numbers are unknown. His income is unknown too, mostly because he has lots of different projects.

For his YouTube channel we estimate that he earns somewhere around $1000 monthly. Social Blade web site estimate that his YouTube income is anywhere between $199 and $3.2K.

Social Profiles

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