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Celebrity chef Neven Maguire says wife Amelda is his biggest food critic

Published 08/09/2015 | 07:58

Celebrity chef Neven Maguire along his wife Amelda and their two adorable twins Connor and Lucia
Celebrity chef Neven Maguire along his wife Amelda and their two adorable twins Connor and Lucia
Amelda Maguire, wife of TV chef Neven Maguire was announced as Celebrity Woman's Way & Lidl Mum of the Year 2015
An invitation to dine for: Neven Maguire, winner of the Best Chef Award, with his wife Amelda at the Irish Restaurant Awards at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Dublin.
Neven and Amelda Maguire help launch the First 1,000 Days movement with their twins, Connor and Luci. For more info visit first1000days.ie

He faces the wrath of restaurant critics every day, but for celebrity chef Neven Maguire it is his wife that he needs to impress the most.

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The acclaimed chef and his wife, Amelda, make a formidable team at their restaurant in Blacklion, Co Cavan.

MacNean House is one of the busiest establishments in the country and Neven is rapidly building a TV career.

But despite the industry pressure, Neven said that he values his other half’s opinion above all else.

Amelda Maguire, wife of TV chef Neven Maguire was announced as Celebrity Woman's Way & Lidl Mum of the Year 2015
Amelda Maguire, wife of TV chef Neven Maguire was announced as Celebrity Woman's Way & Lidl Mum of the Year 2015

“My biggest critic would be Amelda, she’d be very honest with me – whether it’s my work, the books or television, in a nice way of course,” he said.

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“It comes from the heart and you know I need that – honesty is so important. Your family will always be honest with you, whether you like it or not.”

Neven (40) said that despite his success, he makes sure to remember their humble beginnings.

An invitation to dine for: Neven Maguire, winner of the Best Chef Award, with his wife Amelda at the Irish Restaurant Awards at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Dublin.
An invitation to dine for: Neven Maguire, winner of the Best Chef Award, with his wife Amelda at the Irish Restaurant Awards at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Dublin.

“I never take it for granted, I remember the days when we’d only have five or 10 people in the restaurant,” he said. “Then I got my break (on RTE) and that changed things. But there were times when I worried about it and if we’d stay open.”

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The chef, who is dad to twins Conor and Lucia (3)  said that he hoped to spend more time at home with his family in the future and is learning to say ‘no’.

“I don’t want to be on the road as much,” he said. “I would say ‘Yes’ to everyone and that’s my downfall.”

Neven and Amelda Maguire help launch the First 1,000 Days movement with their twins, Connor and Luci. For more info visit first1000days.ie
Neven and Amelda Maguire help launch the First 1,000 Days movement with their twins, Connor and Luci. For more info visit first1000days.ie

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