Richard Corrigan

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Richard Corrigan
Born (1964-02-10) 10 February 1964 (age 57)
Co. Meath, Ireland
EducationDublin Institute of Technology

Richard Corrigan (born 10 February 1964) is an Irish chef.[1][2][3] He is chef/patron of Corrigan's Mayfair, Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill, Bentley's Sea Grill in Harrods in London, and Virginia Park Lodge in Virginia, County Cavan.[1][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Richard Corrigan was born and raised in Ballivor, County Meath.[6][7] He studied at Dublin Institute of Technology.[1]


Having spent several years in the Netherlands, he was then head chef of Mulligan's in Mayfair in London.[8] His first Michelin star was awarded to him when he was head chef of Stephen Bull in Fulham in 1994, also in London.[3]

He opened Lindsay House in Soho, London, and won a Michelin star there in 1997.[9] He then bought and refurbished Bentley's in 2005 and subsequently opened Corrigan's Mayfair in 2008. The latter restaurant has been awarded London Restaurant of the Year by the Evening Standard in 2008 and has earned three AA Rosettes.[10] It was also awarded ‘AA London Restaurant of the Year’ in 2009,[10] and gained one of the highest new entries in the National Restaurant Awards at number five.[11]

He was crowned winner of the Great British Menu three times.[10] Richard also won the Great British Waste Menu special in 2010,[12][10] airing to over 7 million on BBC 1 prime time and which culminated in a dinner at the House of Lords.[citation needed]


He is well known in Ireland for his outspoken opinions and he is an occasional contributor to RTÉ Radio 1 discussions on Brexit.

In December 2017 he said of the UK "Never have I seen a country led so badly in my life - by a bunch of monkeys, frankly. I'd like to have them all at a Christmas party and give them the worst hiding they could imagine." [13] In June 2018 he said London is "led by a load of donkeys", and of the UK Cabinet "Harrow, Eton and these private schools where most of these absolute monkeys come out of. I'd love to smack their arses with a big cane." [14]


  • Cookery School (Channel 4)[15]
  • Chef's Race (BBC America)[11]
  • Great British Menu (BBC Two)[3]
  • Great British Food Revival (BBC Two)[16]
  • Full On Food, Saturday Kitchen (BBC One)[16]
  • Market Kitchen (UKTV)
  • Something For The Weekend (BBC Two)
  • The Wright Stuff (Channel 5)
  • Corrigan Knows Food (RTÉ)
  • The Taste (Channel 4)


  • 1999: The Richard Corrigan Cookbook: From the Waters to the Wild published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, ASIN: B001LN4LGY [17]
  • 2008: The Clatter of Forks and Spoons: Honest, Happy Food published by Fourth Estate, ISBN 978-0007248902 [18]
  • 2011: Cookery School: Where anyone can learn to cook published by Penguin Books, ISBN 9780718158064 [19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Mills, Jeff (30 May 2017). "Richard Corrigan: Bentley's chef who moved from farm to table". The Times & The Sunday Times. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  2. ^ Digby, Marie Claire (21 March 2013). "Louth man is named Ireland's best young chef". The Irish Times. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Dunne, Carolyne (7 June 2015). "Richard Corrigan: 'Food has given me a fabulous life, a life you can only dream of'". Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Celeb chef Corrigan to create 70 jobs in Cavan as London restaurants enjoy 'record year' -". Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  5. ^ Deegan, Gordon (10 October 2017). "Celebrity chef doubles Irish revenue to €2m". Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  6. ^ Digby, Marie Claire (21 March 2013). "Richard Corrigan reveals line up for 10th Taste of Dublin". The Irish Times. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  7. ^ Hotel & Catering Review. Jemma Pub. Limited. 1997. p. 30. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Richard Corrigan - Personally Speaking Bureau". Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  9. ^ Walker, H. (2003). The Fat of the Land: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cooking 2002. Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. Footwork. p. 220. ISBN 978-0-9535057-1-5. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d ":My First Million — Richard Corrigan, chef". Financial Times. 23 October 2015.
  11. ^ a b Forbes, Paula (5 September 2012). "Jamie Oliver's Chef Race: UK vs US Premieres Oct. 2 on BBC America; Watch a Preview". Eater. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Great British Menu chef dishes". Hospitality news. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  13. ^ Marian Finucane Programme Sunday 10 December 2017 RTÉ Radio 1
  14. ^ Marian Finucane Programme Saturday 23 June 2018 RTÉ Radio 1
  15. ^ "Richard Corrigan Interview". 3 July 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  16. ^ a b Lynch, Donal (26 October 2014). "Interview: What Richard Corrigan did next". Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  17. ^ Corrigan, R.; Yorke, F. (2000). Richard Corrigan Cookbook: From the Waters of the Wild. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-0-340-72849-9. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  18. ^ Corrigan, R. (2008). The Clatter of Forks and Spoons. Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-0-00-724890-2. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  19. ^ Corrigan, R. (2011). Cookery School. Penguin Books, Limited. ISBN 978-0-7181-5806-4. Retrieved 9 December 2017.

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