Sunday 21 October 2018

Chef was right to refuse Joe's kangaroo-court summons

Liveline loves a fight live on the airwaves -- but unfortunately when no real controversy exists, they will manufacture it, writes John Masterson

IBEGIN by declaring an interest. I have known Neven Maguire for over a decade and worked with him for much of that time. I have seen him go from friendly talented young chef on Open House to friendly, talented, highly successful chef and restaurant proprietor.

I have watched him win many Chef and Restaurant of the Year awards, including the one with which this newspaper has an involvement. People who eat in his restaurant frequently remember the event as one of the best and most enjoyable meals they have ever eaten. And he is still a nice guy.

He goes out of his way to help those who help him. As he did recently, driving to Dublin to partake, unpaid, in a photo shoot with five other chefs, to promote the upcoming Food and Wine Awards. In the 50 minutes, perhaps 100 photos were taken of the group of chefs, many including a model. One was published of Neven with a plate of food and the bikini clad model looking on.

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