Tuesday 17 January 2017

Side orders with Derry Clarke, celebrity chef

Nikki Cummins Black

Published 14/02/2016 | 02:30

Chef Derry Clarke
Chef Derry Clarke

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.

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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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