Friday 22 November 2019

'I'm a big clothes collector and they come at a cost!'


Chef Edward Hayden
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Celebrity chef Edward Hayden is probably best known for his weekly cookery slots on TV3's Ireland AM - as well as his regular radio appearances on KCLR 96FM. In 2015, he set up his own cookery school, the Edward Hayden School of Cookery. He has also published a number of cookery books.

Part of the line up of the upcoming Groove Festival, Hayden will be speaking at Thrive - which is the health, fitness and wellness precinct of the festival. It takes part in Kilruddery House & Gardens on August 19 and 20. For more information, visit

What's the most important lesson about money which your career as a chef has taught you?

Save a little bit! We were always told when we were growing up to put away for a rainy day but when you are in your first couple of 'real' jobs in your early 20s, you don't think much about the rainy day - so you live from month to month enjoying the first part of the month and then anxiously await pay day again!

What's the most expensive dish you have eaten?

I had the most fabulous meal in Claridge's in London a number of years ago. I can't remember the price but I do know it made a significant dent in my holiday budget.

What's your favourite coin?

The Canadian dollar. Years ago, we had neighbours from Canada and when they visited every year, they gave my brother, sisters and I a few of these gold coins. We thought we were millionaires.

Are you better off than your parents?

I guess it's all relative. My income is definitely higher than theirs was but with the increased income also comes increased costs. My parents were very happily married for 44 years though until my father died - and that happiness is the greatest wealth of all.

Apart from property, what's the most expensive thing you have ever bought?

I'm a big collector of clothes - and they come at a cost! Because of my weekly TV appearances, I feel I need a lot of clothes. That's my excuse anyway.

Cash or card?

I'm definitely a card person ... I live in a cashless world. So much so that I often have to use my card for a bottle of water on a car journey.

What's the most expensive country you ever visited?

I visited New York a number of years ago during the Celtic Tiger. It was a super trip and we had saved hard before we went and then did the only things you should do in new York - that is, flash the cash! We treated ourselves to the best Broadway tickets, the best restaurants and of course gave a good blitz on the shops.

Android or iPhone?

I've a Samsung Galaxy S7. I love it. I use it for email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and every other app imaginable.

Have you ever made an insurance claim?

I had a car accident a number of years ago and had to say farewell to the car and to claim for that. But I'm alive so that's the main thing.

iTunes or Spotify?

Spotify. My friends Jim and Olivia gave me a masterclass in it. I'm getting there slowly.

What was the last thing you bought online?

Canary yellow New Balance trainers. They are fab - and very flashy.

What was your worst job?

Like so many others, I went strawberry picking when I was 12 or 13. It was beyond dreadful. I picked all day long and came home at the end of the day with IR£1.80.

Do you ever haggle?

I love haggling. We are probably not great at it here but if you hit any of the markets on the Continent, it's a real barter system. Who doesn't love the thrill of getting a bargain?

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