The Restaurant

Fintan O'Toole

Clodagh McKenna, Guest Critic

Clodagh McKenna trained as a chef at Ballymaloe Cookery School and then went on to work as a chef in Ballymaloe House for three years. After an inspiring visit to the Midleton Market, Clodagh decided to leave the kitchen and set up her own stall at the local market. Soon after, Clodagh was developing other farmers markets around Ireland.

Currently, she has her own weekly column for the Irish Examiner and a monthly column for RSVP Magazine. In addition to her regular columns, she is also the editor of the Slow Food Ireland Guide to Producers. Clodagh has appeared as a cook and promoter of local produce on RTE's, Out of The Blue; Rick Stein's Food Heroes, The Late Late Show, Saturday Cooks, Saturday Kitchen RTE's The Afternoon Show and is a regular chef presenter for UKTV's Market Kitchen and Food Poker. Her first book The Irish Farmers' Market Cookbook was published in 2006 and a TV series called Fresh from the Farmers Markets to accompany the book aired on RTE in 2007.

The third series, Fresh From the Sea, aired in 2009 on RTÉ One and her book Fresh From the Sea was published to coincide with her series. This is Clodagh's first visit to The Restaurant.


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