Friday 21 October 2016

Food files: Five minutes with David Gillick

Published 13/09/2015 | 02:30

David Gillick: My view is that you just need to eat real, unprocessed food
David Gillick: My view is that you just need to eat real, unprocessed food
David Gillick's Kitchen book
Roast veg
Good food store
The Green Kitchen app
Green Kitchen
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The retired Irish international track and field athlete, and the winner of Celebrity Masterchef Ireland 2013 has released his first cookbook, David Gillick's Kitchen, which is all about real, unprocessed food.

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My whole philosophy is keeping it simple

I wanted to create a book that is for everyone, for people who are working throughout the day, looking for something quick and healthy, and for the whole family. The recipes' ingredients aren't the length of your arm, or ones that you have to get in speciality shops. You can go into your local supermarket, pick up the ingredients and make something healthy in minutes.

I follow the 90:10 rule

I'm no longer a professional athlete but now I am performing in the real world and at work, and I still need to be healthy. But I don't have to be that strict on myself anymore and at the weekend I'll have that burger or pizza or beer with my mates.

Fad diets are a minefield

One week you read something and the next week it's something else. But my view is that you just need to eat real, unprocessed food.

Some of the book's recipes are especially 'me'

For breakfast, it's the oat pancakes. For lunch, it's the chicken, quinoa and mango salad and for dinner it would be lemon and coconut chicken, which uses a lot of ingredients that I'm a big fan of. Being an athlete I look at food as fuel and I like slow-release carbohydrates such as quinoa and sweet potatoes, which feature in a lot of my meals. I vary my protein sources, including meat, fish and eggs.

This month we're...

...Shopping at

Dublin's city centre has a brand new and exciting deli. The Good Food Store in Ballsbridge has opened a second shop at 24 South Great George's St. Its emphasis is on homemade Irish food using seasonal ingredients, and includes soups, stews, salads and cakes. It also stocks a good selection of Irish artisan products including Toonsbridge mozzarella and Sprout juices.


Former Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh has transformed herself from a 'skinny fat' junk food eater to a clean- eating fitness fanatic. For those who'd like to emulate her reinvention, she shares her insider tips in Made: A Book of Style, Food and Fitness (Ebury, €30)


If you're struggling to fit your five-a-day in and would like to eat more veggie dinners, the Green Kitchen app is teeming with healthy and inspirational vegetarian recipes. Think chia and berry breakfast, and saffron and sesame roasted vegetables.

Lovelier lunches

A stylish lunchbox is a great incentive to bring your lunch with you to work. This one from Designist looks sharp and has a watertight seal, a sauce dipping area, and an inner dish so you can microwave a hot dish but keep other foods cold. €20,

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