Sunday 30 April 2017

Side orders with Derry Clarke, celebrity chef

Chef Derry Clarke
Chef Derry Clarke

Nikki Cummins Black

Irish celebrity chef, reality television judge and proprietor of the restaurant L'Ecrivain - Derry Clarke dishes the dirt on his favourite food, healthy eating and guilty pleasures.

Do you do breakfast?

ABSOLUTELY! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I have a bran cereal with fruit and a cup of tea or coffee.

Signature dish:

I love all foods, especially fish, you cannot beat a nice sole on the bone.

Favourite take-out meal:

A burger and chips with a can of Coke. But this is a very rare treat these days and I am in training for the Westport Grand Fondo cycling race. I put salt and lots of vinegar on the chips in the bag and shake it up. Mmmmm!

Favourite restaurant:

The China Sichuan on Ballymoss Road in Sandyford, Dublin 18. It is my favourite Sunday haunt.

Red or white?

White, I don't have the same taste for red as I did since I had my heart bypass two years ago. It is white all the way now.

Lunchbox staple:

Fruit, especially red-skinned apples. I love the Pink Ladies brand.

Guilty pleasure:

A pint of Guinness and a packet of crisps.

Favourite veg:

Spinach, kale, and celeriac.

Consider yourself a picky eater?:

No, I will try anything.

What's always in your fridge?

Milk, eggs, bacon, juice, low fat yoghurts, mayonnaise, ketchup, and a variety of chutneys, sauces and maple syrup and honey.

Favourite spud style:

Baked, but I am partial to a nice creamy mashed spud.

Death row meal:

Bacon, a really good one with a honey glaze, and savoy cabbage with floury spuds and some sour cream. And, to finish, a really good sherry trifle.

Dream dinner guests:

Brendan O'Carroll and the entire cast of Mrs Brown's Boys. I love that programme.

Favourite dinner your mum used to make you:

Irish stew and her famous casseroles. My mum was a great woman to experiment with food in her day.

What's your go-to comfort food?

Fish pie, bangers and mash, and shepherd's pie.

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