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Armed raiders hold up Masterchef Dylan McGrath's restaurant taking €10,000

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Dylan McGrath pictured outside his restaurant Rustic Stone

Dylan McGrath pictured outside his restaurant Rustic Stone

RTÉ TELEVISION LAUNCHES SEARCH FOR MASTERCHEF IRELAND 2012. Michelin-starred chef Dylan McGrath and top restaurateur Nick Munier

RTÉ TELEVISION LAUNCHES SEARCH FOR MASTERCHEF IRELAND 2012. Michelin-starred chef Dylan McGrath and top restaurateur Nick Munier

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Dylan McGrath pictured outside his restaurant Rustic Stone

ARMED raiders held up staff in Dylan McGrath's Rustic Stone restaurant before escaping with the weekend takings.



It is not believed the Michelin-starred celebrity chef was in his Dublin city premises when the robbery happened at about 11.30pm last night.



Eight members of staff were on duty in the restaurant in South George's Street when two armed men wearing balaclavas burst in.



The raiders, brandishing a gun and a knife, threatened them and locked them in one room in the premises.



They took several mobile phones from the employees before fleeing with a substantial amount of cash, believed to be up to €10,000.



A Garda spokesman said no-one was injured during the ordeal.



Gardai at Pearse Street have appealed for information.



McGrath, who presents Masterchef Ireland alongside restaurateur Nick Munier, opened Rustic Stone in August 2010.