Tuesday 16 January 2018

Taoiseach Enda Kenny couldn't stand the heat in chef Neven Maguire's kitchen

Neven Maguire
Neven Maguire
Enda Kenny

Alan O'Keeffe

Chef Neven Maguire has revealed that Taoiseach Enda Kenny suffered a burn during one of his cooking demonstrations.

Mr Kenny had gamely joined the celebrity chef to make dessert at his show at the Bloom Festival in Dublin's Phoenix Park when the mishap took place.

"I remember I had Enda Kenny up and I was doing this sponge sugar basket but didn't he burn his hand, bless him, so he wasn't very happy," he said.

"It was neither of our faults. He just took his eyes off what he was doing as he was chatting, so I'm afraid he won't cook with me again.

"We had just finished. It went all over his hand. When he went into his car afterwards I imagine he was cursing me."

The host of the new Home Chef: Fast series on RTE One recalled his high-profile cooking casualty when telling the Herald of his upcoming Culinary Evening at Leopardstown Racecourse on February 25.

Read more: VIDEO: Neven Maguire’s Raspberry, Almond and White Chocolate Tart

The evening will raise funds for Saint Raphaela's Secondary School in Stillorgan.

Maguire will be on hand to open new classrooms at the school tomorrow.

He is currently working on his 12th book for publication in May entitled The Baby and Toddler Cookbook.

The inspiration comes from he and his wife Amelda's parenting of three-year-old twins Conor and Lucia.

Maguire was voted Best Chef in Ireland 2014 in the Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards.

His 50 staff at his restaurant - MacNean House in Blacklion, Co Cavan - are being kept busy and the restaurant is fully booked up until the end of June.

He is on duty in the kitchen 90pc of the time and the support he gets from head chef Glen Wheeler and Amelda in the business is invaluable, he said.

Read more: Cookin' The Books: Donal Skehan's top kitchen reads

"Our new cookery school is doing very well with equal numbers of male and female students," he added.

Tickets for Neven's Culinary Evening in Leopardstown cost €25 and are available at the door or at www.straphaelas.ie

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