Dylan McGrath has said he took “too many painkillers” before going on The Saturday Night Show, but says he doesn’t regret the decision.
The controversial chef says he was dosed up on the anti- inflammatory Difene and the painkiller Tramadol. He says he took “two or three” before going live on Brendan O’Connor’s final show.
He was on the medication for intense back pain but when taken together the combination of the two drugs is said to increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating.
The appearance led to a flood of messages of concern and support for the restaurant owner with many commending him for his heartfelt tribute to his mother: “Maybe I was a bit more open after taking the medication but I don’t regret it. I love my mother and I meant every word I said. Maybe people are used to seeing an angry Dylan,” he laughed, “but they got an emotional Dylan instead. And that’s not a bad thing. It’s good to be open. It’s good to be real.”
His workload has intensified with the opening of the Japanese-influenced Taste at Rustic restaurant, which is located above his other eatery — Rustic Stone on George’s Street, Dublin.