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Derry Clarke

Stephen McAllister

Michelin Star chef Derry Clarke barely needs an introduction.

His first taste of the restaurant business was at the tender age of 14 when a desire to make some pocket money ended in him clearing tables in a restaurant in Kinsale. Here he began his training and returned to Dublin to continue his apprenticeship at the legendary Le Coq Hardi.

Since then, Derry has worked in some of the top restaurants both at home and abroad and undertaken the post of commissioner general for Euro-toques Ireland in 1998.

Today he is best known as the owner and creator of one of the country's top restaurants, L'Ecrivain on Baggot Street, which Clarke runs with his wife Sally-Anne. L'Ecrivain opened its doors in 1989 and has been consistently at the forefront of fine dining in Ireland, and regularly features among the gong-takers at Irish Restaurant awards ceremonies.

Derry's books include "Not Just A Cookbook" and "Keeping it Simple".

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Derry Clarke's Lamb Rogan Josh

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