THE TWO celebrity chefs who took over two Gorey restaurants last week for a new television programme 'Food Fight', had a nice surprise at the end of their two days' work, when they announced that all the income from the evenings was to be donated to the local St. Vincent de Paul.
Patrons were unaware the money was going to charity, but as part of the programme's format, they were invited to pay what they thought their meal was worth, as there were no prices on the menus.
Chefs Derry Clarke and Clodagh McKenna were delighted to hand over a cheque for €7,350.32 to Jim Lee, President of Gorey St. Vincent de Paul.
The chefs were invited to take over two restaurants, The Kitchen and Christinas, and to rename them for two nights, and to bring their own menus, working alongside the teams at the already busy and successful restaurants.
Both restaurants reported a steady trade over the two evenings. Derry Clarke took full advantage of his Main Street location, hanging a huge banner across the street advertising ' Derry Clarke's Star', while 'Clodagh's Christmas Kitchen' on North Parade was slightly more low key, but the ground floor location was used to its full effect.
The chefs were in competition with each other, and the results of their efforts will be broadcast on Thursday, December 27, on RTE1 at 6.30 p.m.
Speaking at the cheque presentation last week, Clodagh McKenna said she was so honoured to have the opportunity to raise money for St. Vincent de Paul. 'I hope it brings happiness to people in need this Christmas,' she said.
'As always I really enjoyed my time in Gorey,' added Derry who is a regular visitor. 'It was great to raise some much needed money for SVP.'