Sunday 11 December 2016

Donal Skehan bids emotional farewell to 'little Howth home' as he prepares for new life in LA

Sasha Brady

Published 15/02/2016 | 13:36

Donal Skehan and wife Sofie leave their home in Howth behind as they prepare to move to Los Angeles. Photo: Donal Skehan Instagram.
Donal Skehan and wife Sofie leave their home in Howth behind as they prepare to move to Los Angeles. Photo: Donal Skehan Instagram.
Donal Skehan and his wife Sofie at a signing for his book 'Fresh' at Dubray Books in Dublin yesterday Photo: Arthur Carron
Donal Skehan walks his dog around Howth every morning and evening.
Donal Skehan and Sofie Larsson when they got engaged in 2014. Photo: Rhianne Jones
Jamie Oliver pictured with Donal Skehan

Celebrity chef Donal Skehan has said goodbye to his Howth home as he prepares for his new life in Los Angeles.

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The 29-year-old took to Instagram to share a photo of his beloved Howth home and shared a sentimental message to fans, as he and Swedish wife Sofie, prepare to leave special memories behind.

"Six years and amazing memories at 27 Main Street, Howth- we said our goodbyes yesterday to the house which was our first home, the place all my shows were shot, the place we worked from, where our neighbours were never short of a big hello," the Howth native said on Instagram.

"[It's] where Max (the couple's border collie) came home to for the first time, where we first came home to as a married couple, where we grew veggies out the back all summer long, where the best cliff walks started and finished and where we cooked some of the best dinners and enjoyed the best nights in with friends and family celebrating birthdays, engagements, babies, anniversaries and more.

Donal Skehan walks his dog around Howth every morning and evening.
Donal Skehan walks his dog around Howth every morning and evening.

"A huge thank you to everyone who crossed the threshold and enjoyed the place as much as we did, for now though it's goodbye to our little Howth home."

The chef is starting a new life in California as he builds on the opportunities he's received from working on the US food site Tastemade.

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He'll be working alongside his wife, given that Sofie's a photographer who does all his food shots.

"We’ve still got quite a lot of work over here so we’ll be back all the time. We want to be there more permanently so we’ll have the opportunity to do things over there," he recently told the Herald of the move.

Donal Skehan and his wife Sofie at a signing for his book 'Fresh' at Dubray Books in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Donal Skehan and his wife Sofie at a signing for his book 'Fresh' at Dubray Books in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

“We’ve done some amazing things in Ireland and now it’s time to do what we do to a wider audience. We’ve a few friends and my uncle lives out there so it won’t be too lonely."

He added: "We have a few exciting things in the pipeline and we’ve a new series with the Food Network in the works."

Donal and Sofie after their engagement in Paris. Photo by Rhianne Jones
Donal and Sofie after their engagement in Paris. Photo by Rhianne Jones
Jamie Oliver pictured with Donal Skehan
Jamie Oliver pictured with Donal Skehan

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