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STAR CHEF STUART'S HECTIC LA LIFESTYLE LEAVES NO TIME FOR LOVE

IRISH chef Stuart O'Keeffe says it's fashionable to be single in LA, so he's in no rush to settle down.

The talented 30-year-old, who is popular with Hollywood stars, told the Herald that he was solely focused on work at the moment.

"It's important for me to establish myself, I'm keeping me head down and then hopefully my love life will come into place," he said.

The Tipperary man, who has his own show on Oprah's network, and is due to appear in two Irish programmes this year, said that life and dating in the States was very different from here.

"One of my best friends got married in Ireland last week. In Ireland it's quite typical for people to get married around that age but everyone is still single in LA at 30. It's a career-driven town.

"And I've been told that being a chef, people are more appreciative of this profession, they respect it."

Stuart who is originally from Nenagh, Co Tipperary, is in Ireland this week to launch Let's Cook, a series of free cookery classes for people with arthritis that was developed by Arthritis Ireland with the support of healthcare company Abbott.

"I decided to join the campaign because my granny Sarah O'Keeffe suffered with arthritis before she died and I wanted to show what sort of meals you can cook with this condition," he said.

He will be back on Irish screens later this year in the second season of TV3's Stuart's Kitchen.

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