Clodagh ends tie-in with one of her outlets at Arnotts
CELEBRITY chef Clodagh McKenna is leaving the food court at Arnotts department store which bears her name, after terminating a lucrative contract with her boyfriend's catering company.
The Ballymaloe-trained cook has told the Irish Independent that she has "terminated" what she describes as a consultancy arrangement with Capital Foods, which operates the Homemade by Clodagh Food Court at Arnotts. The author and television presenter's branding will now be removed from the food court as a successor is agreed.
Ms McKenna said that she will continue to work with Capital Foods, co-owned by businessman John Collins and Peter Gaynor – Ms McKenna's boyfriend – which operates two restaurants called Clodagh's Kitchen in Arnotts and Blackrock, Co Dublin.
Mr Collins and Mr Gaynor, whose sister Olivia came to the rescue of private members' club Residence two years ago, own a number of successful businesses together.
"It (the decision to terminate the contract) was my decision," said Ms McKenna.
"I just want to concentrate on the Clodagh's Kitchen brand, Homemade is a very different offering".
Ms Mc Kenna said the decision to terminate the Homemade by Clodagh consultancy with Capital Foods was "absolutely amicable".
The decision to leave Arnotts food court does not affect Ms McKenna's in-flight food collaboration with Aer Lingus which, Ms Mc Kenna said, is transacted through another company.
Capital Foods and Arnotts said in a joint statement that Ms McKenna has "stepped back" from direct involvement in the food court and food market operations to concentrate on the Clodagh's Kitchen brand restaurants.
"We look forward to maintaining the same high standards at our food court, food market and Clodagh's Kitchen going forward and to the continued support of our loyal customers," said the two companies.