'We've learned how to work with each other and not kill each other'
Chef and author Donal Skehan speaks about marrying business and a relationship at the annual Bloom in the Park festival...
Newly engaged Donal Skehan revealed that people have begun to take his relationship more seriously since popping the question in Paris last month.
The chef and author proposed to his long term girlfriend Sofie Larrson in France after 7 years together and said that the reaction to the happy news has been overwhelming.
“It’s funny because I think you as a couple don’t change but everyone else’s perception of you does. They kind of take you more seriously, I think,” he said speaking at the Bord Bia’s 8th annual Bloom in the Park festival.
"You sort of forget that people know about it and we’ve had lots of people coming over to us and saying congratulations. It’s been lovely.”
The couple has been working together for four years but Donal revealed that he and Sofie have mastered the art of balancing business and a relationship, despite its challenges.
“Sofie and I have been working together for over 4 years so we have a good understanding of how to work with each other and not kill each other,” he joked.
“It will only get stronger as the years go on.”
Although eager to get up the aisle, the pair do not plan to tie the knot until 2015 with a busy Summer and Autumn schedule in store.
“I think that we’re aiming for next year some time but I haven’t even thought about it. I’m sure she has but I have no idea what the plan is yet.
“We’re taking a nice break in July and just taking it easy before I go over to the UK for Junior Masterchef in August.
“Then, we have a busy autumn schedule lined up with a new TV show and then I’m also doing the Homecooked Tour in theatres across Ireland,” he said.
The chef has recently collaborated with his parents to produce a new range of pies which are available throughout the country.
“This is the Bloom debut for Scoff Pies. It’s a family venture. My parents have been in the business for over 30 years and it’s nice to be involved in something like this with them.
“Bloom is fantastic because you see everyone helping each other out and spending time with each other and this event is a celebration of Irish ingredients. I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” he said.