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20 Questions with Clodagh McKenna

09 Sep 2019

Chef, Cookbook Author, Broadcaster shares her most treasured possession, her favourite ingredient and the quote she lives by

1. When are you happiest?

In our newly restored walled garden planting vegetables.

2. What’s your most treasured possession?

My notebook that I write ideas for recipes, gardening and everything that I am passionate about

3. What excites you most about your work?

Creating new recipes and encouraging people to cook more.

 4. Past, present or future, who are the five people you’d invite to dinner, made by you?

  1. My boyfriend Harry Herbert (of course!)
  2. Tina Turner
  3. Dalai lama
  4. Chief Sitting Bull
  5. Clint Eastwood

 5. Do you have any advice for someone who wants to become a chef?

Connect with farmers and food producers in your area

6. How would your friends describe you in three words?

Energetic, fun and passionate

7. A film you’d watch again tonight?

The Bridges of Madison County

8. What living person do you most admire?

It’s not one specific person, it would be farmers and fishermen in general

9. You’re on Death Row, what’s your last meal?

Irish Oysters and Irish farmhouse cheeses.

10. How did you get into cooking?

I have always loved cooking, but it was when I was spending my summers in France with a french family that my passion grew

11. What is the most important lesson cooking has taught you?

Not to waste leftovers!

 12. When did you know you wanted to be a chef?

About a week after I started the three month cookery course in Ballymaloe.

13. What quote do you live by?

Life isn’t a dress rehearsal!

14. What is the best part of your job?

Cooking!

15. How do you stay inspired?

It’s easy, I love eating

16. What did you have for dinner last night?

A Wagu beef burger – the meat was given to us by a farmer in Montana (cousin of my boyfriend Harry). We are in Wyoming at the moment!

17. What is your favourite ingredient to work with?

Butter – I couldn’t live without Irish butter.

 18. If you weren’t a chef what would you be?

A dancer

19. What’s the most impressive dish you can throw together with 3 ingredients?

A souffle

21. What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

Being dropped from a helicopter onto a boat in the irish sea during a storm – it was for TV and terrifying!

Clodagh McKenna will be at the NDC stand at the National Ploughing Championships on the 18th September! Clodagh will be cooking up some delicious recipes at our demo area and talking about her role as Food Ambassador for the NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. Come visit us in Block 3, Row 18, Stand 397 #Ploughing19