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Chapter One’s Mickael Viljanen: “Two or three stars don’t happen overnight and they don’t happen in a year. They don’t hand them out”

He’s a chef who has made no secret of his ambitions regarding Michelin. While Mickael Viljanen is now aiming high at Chapter One, he says that his primary concern is to make his diners happy, and acknowledges the toll that chasing stars takes on family life

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Mickael Viljanen in the kitchen at Chapter One. Photograph: Nina Val

Mickael Viljanen in the kitchen at Chapter One. Photograph: Nina Val

Dishes at Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen. Photo by Barry McCall

Dishes at Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen. Photo by Barry McCall

“The best thing to happen to me was when the first star came. It took a monkey off my back" Photograph: Nina Val

“The best thing to happen to me was when the first star came. It took a monkey off my back" Photograph: Nina Val

Dishes at Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen. Photo by Barry McCall

Dishes at Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen. Photo by Barry McCall

“I love my kids to bits but the reality is that they haven’t had me in their lives. I’ve been gone for most of the time." Photograph: Nina Va

“I love my kids to bits but the reality is that they haven’t had me in their lives. I’ve been gone for most of the time." Photograph: Nina Va

Dishes at Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen. Photo by Barry McCall

Dishes at Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen. Photo by Barry McCall

"One thing I’ve learned is that the hardest dishes are the ones where there’s nowhere to hide" Photograph: Nina Val

"One thing I’ve learned is that the hardest dishes are the ones where there’s nowhere to hide" Photograph: Nina Val

Dishes at Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen. Photo by Barry McCall

Dishes at Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen. Photo by Barry McCall

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Mickael Viljanen in the kitchen at Chapter One. Photograph: Nina Val

A few years ago, I bumped into Mickael Viljanen outside The Greenhouse, the restaurant on Dawson Street in Dublin where he was working at the time. He had dark circles under his eyes, and as we chatted, he alternated drags of a cigarette with gulps from a can of energy drink.

I’m drinking six or eight of these a day,” he said ruefully, looking every inch like someone who was in the process of working themselves to death.


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