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NEWS: 4th June 2012: Bloom, Bord Bia’s annual gardening, food and family festival welcomed almost 80,000 visitors over the June Bank holiday weekend. Pictured enjoying the show gardens were Neven and Amelda Maguire with their twins, Conor and Lucia. (NO FEE FOR REPRO) Credit Gary O' Neill / Nick Bradshaw

NEWS: 4th June 2012: Bloom, Bord Bia’s annual gardening, food and family festival welcomed almost 80,000 visitors over the June Bank holiday weekend. Pictured enjoying the show gardens were Neven and Amelda Maguire with their twins, Conor and Lucia. (NO FEE FOR REPRO) Credit Gary O' Neill / Nick Bradshaw

NEWS: 4th June 2012: Bloom, Bord Bia’s annual gardening, food and family festival welcomed almost 80,000 visitors over the June Bank holiday weekend. Pictured enjoying the show gardens were Neven and Amelda Maguire with their twins, Conor and Lucia. (NO FEE FOR REPRO) Credit Gary O' Neill / Nick Bradshaw

CELEBRITY chef Neven Maguire finds designing a menu for his 14-month-old twins tougher than his actual restaurants.

Far from mashed-up carrots and bottles of milk, the toddlers are joining the queue for top-notch grub.

Neven, who runs popular MacNean House in Co Cavan, says his twins, Connor and Lucia, share the exact same meals as himself and his wife Amelda.

"We're busy with the twins, which is fantastic," Neven told the Herald.

"I've never cooked at home as much in my life, they love it. They're real grub lovers so anything we eat, they eat."

The culinary whiz also had advice for parents who feel that it's necessary to give their babies a very simple and specific diet.

"When you start off and you're cooking for babies, get them used to new tastes and flavours as much as you can and constantly give it to them," explained the chef.

The Cavan native took time out from his hectic schedule yesterday as he helped to launch the Arnotts cook month in Dublin in association with Miele.

Neven was whipping up a frenzy as he dished out some of his trademark dishes in the pop-up kitchen on Henry Street, the first of its kind in Ireland.

As well as enjoying domestic bliss, Neven (38) is working on his new cook book, The Nation's Favourites, and he is also gearing up for continuing his cookery shows with RTE this autumn.

"MacNean House has never been busier, thank God, we've had our busiest year.

"My wife is doing well and it's a busy time of life, but it's a great time. I am enjoying it," added the chef.

Neven, who is a Miele ambassador, was joined at yesterday's Cook Month launch by top chefs including Clodagh McKenna, Rozanne Stevens, Sophie Morris and Ireland's youngest Michelin-star chef, Oliver Dunne.

Each of the chefs will take to the pop-up kitchen window over the course of the next month and in-store, until June 8, to demonstrate their talents and some of their seasonal signature dishes for customers.

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