Sunday 4 December 2016

Top chef Clodagh gets ready for her first Haiti trip

Ryan Nugent

Published 02/09/2016 | 02:30

Clodagh McKenna believes in empowering communities Photo: Tony Gavin
Clodagh McKenna believes in empowering communities Photo: Tony Gavin

Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna is hoping to empower communities in Haiti when she visits next week and expects to come back with some new recipes too.

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McKenna will fly to the Caribbean island on Sunday in aid of the Haven NGO.

Leading a group of Irish business people and entrepreneurs, Clodagh hopes it will be the first of many trips she makes to Haiti with Haven.

"Maybe it will be something I can do every year, which would be really lovely to do," Clodagh said.

"I've been told it's such a beautiful country and I'm hoping to bring back lots of lovely recipes."

Since 2008, the Irish NGO has helped Haitians rebuild their lives and create sustainable livelihoods - training more than 78,000 people to do so.

Founder, Leslie Buckley said the top chef's presence can make a difference.

"It is this type of approach that will make a genuine and lasting difference to the future of Haiti," he said.

Irish Independent

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