Derry Clarke

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Derry Clarke
Nationality Irish
Occupation Chef
Employer Self-employed
Known for Michelin star, television career
Spouse(s) Sallyanne Clarke[1]

Derry Clarke is an Irish celebrity chef, reality television judge and proprietor of the restaurant L'Ecrivain. He acted as a judge alongside Bibi Baskin and Sammy Leslie on the RTÉ One reality television series Fáilte Towers and has appeared on other programmes such as The Restaurant, The Afternoon Show and The Panel (in 2008[2]).

Career[edit]

Clarke's professional career began at the age of sixteen years.[3] He started his career with Peter Barry in 1972 of The Man Friday fame.[citation needed] He came back to Dublin in 1977 and worked in Le Coq Hardi in Dublin for four years, under John Howard. He also worked for eight years in Le Bon Appetit, Dublin.[4] He has received international acclaim, having been inducted into Food & Wine Magazine's "Hall of Fame" and been granted a five-star review by The New York Times.[3] The newspaper described his restaurant as "superb" and "a good spot to linger" whilst in Dublin.[5]

Derry completed his time as Commissioner General at EuroToques, but remains actively involved with EuroToques still.[citation needed]

Eminent UK foodie A.A. Gill, not known for dishing out rave reviews, gave a rare rave review of L'Ecrivain. He noted that Derry's Wicklow venison was among the best deer I've ever tasted", going on to describe L'Ecrivain as "a very decent, hospitable, friendly, stay-a-while hybrid restaurant".[citation needed]

Clarke's recipes feature in publications such as the Irish Independent[1][6][7][8][9] and the Evening Herald.[10]

He has written two successful cook books. "Not Just Another Cookbook" and "Keeping it Simple". The recipes confirm his commitment to the very best local, fresh produce cooked with flair and imagination.[citation needed]

Roast leg of spring lamb has been one of Clarke's favourites since his childhood and he regularly cooks it for his own Sunday lunch.[1] Asked about whether he cooks the family dinner on Christmas Day, he replied positively.[10] He cooks goose on this day.[10]

When Ranelagh's Dylan McGrath owned Mint shut down in 2009, Clarke expressed his sadness to the Evening Herald.[11]

Awards[edit]

  • Michelin star: 2003-2012[12]

Personal[edit]

Derry Clarke is married to Sallyanne. He had two children, a son and a daughter. His son died 31 December 2012, at the age of 16.[13] Clarke had a double bypass operation in December 2013, after a warning that there was a family history of heart problems what made him extra vulnerable for a heart attack.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ross Lewis Derry Clarke". Irish Independent. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Tuesday, 30 December 2008". RTÉ. Accessed 30 October 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Judges". RTÉ. Accessed 25 April 2009.
  4. ^ Black, Fergus (1 January 2013). "Tragedy for celebrity chef family as son (16) crushed". Irish Independent. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  5. ^ O'Byrne, Robert (29 February 2004). "In Dublin, Lots to Talk About". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Caesar Salad with aged Parmesan shavings, crispy croutons & fresh anchovies". Irish Independent. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Chicken breasts baked with tomato red peppers, chilli & chorizo". Irish Independent. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Pizza dough". Irish Independent. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  9. ^ "lemon tart". Irish Independent. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c "Derry Clarke's Christmas goose". Evening Herald. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  11. ^ "Doors closed at McGrath's star eaterie". Evening Herald. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009. 
  12. ^ Michelin Online Republic of Ireland
  13. ^ Black, Fergus (1 January 2013). "Tragedy for celebrity chef family as son (16) crushed". Irish Independent. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  14. ^ Rabbitte, Eimear (23 December 2013). "Chef Derry Clarke recovering after heart surgery". Irish Independent. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 

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