Wednesday 7 December 2016

'Cooking was my saving grace in battle with dyslexia' - TV pastry queen Louise Lennox

Eimear Rabbitt

Published 04/02/2016 | 15:25

Television chef Louise Lennox, pictured with son Alex Photo: Fergal Phillips
Television chef Louise Lennox, pictured with son Alex Photo: Fergal Phillips

Leading pastry chef Louise Lennox has opened up about how cooking was her "saving grace" after struggling with dyslexia at school.

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The star of TV3 show The Restaurant spoke of how one of her secondary school teachers said that she "would amount to nothing" as she struggled with her studies.

Louise Lennox
Louise Lennox

She said it was learning how to bake at primary school which shaped her future.

"My saving grace was that my teacher got me to bake cakes for homework in primary school," Louise told the Herald.

"In secondary school I was told by one teacher that I would amount to nothing and not to bother applying for college because I wouldn't get in.

"But then I started working, so when everyone was swotting over their Leaving Cert I had a chef uniform and was going in to cook for free, before going into it full-time.

"My primary school teacher gave me this belief and that is why I have a connection with children because with cooking, its not about whether you are a straight A student, it's all about flair and taste."

Pastry queen Lennox is getting ready to launch her new business with partner Aisling Larkin.

It will be a food network for children which will teach them about all aspects of cooking.

The pair will launch their online cooking network in March and will spend the summer on the road, travelling around Ireland and meeting as many families and children as possible.

Lennox looks after the pastry station on TV3's The Restaurant which kicks off a new six-part series on Wednesday at 9pm.

First up in the kitchen will be Mrs Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan.

He will be followed by Dr Eva Orsmond, country singer Nathan Carter, former footballer Kevin Kilbane, model Pippa O'Connor and former Den Dragon Sean Gallagher.

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The new season of the show was filmed in Marco Pierre White's Courtyard Restaurant in Donnybrook and the British celebrity chef will join the show as a full-time critic, alongside resident reviewer Tom Doorley.

TV3's Head of Content Lynda McQuad paid tribute to the late critic Paolo Tullio, saying she hopes viewers will take to White and Doorley as "the new double act on the show".

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