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Q&A with JP McMahon, Chef, 41: 'I suffer from anxiety attacks and depression which comes and goes. I suppose I'm most afraid of losing my passion for food and writing...'

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JP McMahon

JP McMahon

JP McMahon

JP McMahon is a chef, restaurateur and author. He is culinary director of the EatGalway Restaurant Group, which comprises the Michelin-starred Aniar, Cava Bodega and Tartare Café. He started working in kitchens at age 15 and studied English and Art history in UCC. In 2008, he opened Cava Bodega with his wife Drigin Gaffey. He is director of Food On The Edge, a conference on the future of food, and is currently doing a PhD on food in 20th century Irish drama. JP lives in Galway with his wife and their two daughters, Heather and Martha.

What's your earliest memory?

Sitting in the front garden of our house in Clondalkin. Though I'm not sure if I only remember it because it was photographed. I think I'm with my grandfather.