Thursday 18 January 2018

VIDEO: Ireland’s top chefs reveal their greatest kitchen disasters: “Charles Haughey sent back his pasta not once but twice!”

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

If the smell of burning is a familiar aroma to float throughout your household don’t be discouraged as even some of Ireland’s most talented chefs have confessed to almighty kitchen disasters.

Speaking at the launch of Taste of Dublin’s new offering City Fusion, chefs Gavin McDonough, Paul Kelly and Mark Moriarty admitted that they have been victim to huge kitchen blunders down through the years.

Chef and patron of Brioche Gavin McDonough revealed that an evening when former Taoiseach Charles Haughey refused to eat his pasta dish was the worst moment of his career.

“I used to work in the old Guilbaud’s on James’ Lane. At the time I was only a young commis chef and we were doing lunch when Charles Haughey came in. He sent back a simple pasta with a basil and cream sauce. However, it didn’t just come back to the kitchen once, it came back twice and the fear of God went into me then,” he said.

 Ambition may have landed Paul Kelly a spot as a judge on the hugely popular Great Irish Bake Off but he revealed that there are times that his large scale ideas have gotten him into hot water.

“There was a time I got a bit ambitious and made a six foot tall croquembouche for an event, with a waterfall running through it. It was all going fine until people started dancing around it and it began to all fall apart.”

Chef Mark Moriarty revealed that there are just too many disasters to count, which may come as a surprise as he was crowned San Pellegrino’s Young Chef 2015 earlier this year.

The chefs, who are taking part in the inaugural City Fusion festival, also revealed their guilty kitchen cupboard ingredients which include Nutella and Hot Sauce.

Meanwhile Taste City Fusion was launched in Patrick Guilbaud on Merrion Street this morning.

Food revellers can expect to gather at the festival’s epicentre in Christchurch Cathedral throughout the weekend but stellar dining experiences will sprawl across the city until Monday.

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