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Chef Dundon finds the recipe for €100k profit

CELEBRITY chef Kevin Dundon enjoyed tasty profits of more than €100,000 at his food and hotel business in 2012.

Mr Dundon and his wife Catherine have operated the luxury 22-bedroom Dunbrody Country House and restaurant in Co Wexford over the past 19 years and accounts filed for the business that year show that it recorded profits of €105,610.

This represented more than a doubling of the €49,025 profits in 2011.

Mr Dundon has cooked for Queen Elizabeth II, President George W Bush and Bono in the past.

At peak season, 50 people are employed at the award-winning hotel and the 2012 profit takes account of the firm paying €191,577 in annual rent to the Dundons.

The figures for Marriott Park Ltd trading as Dunbrody Country House and Restaurant show that the firm's accumulated losses decreased by €105,610 from €413,911 to €308,301.

The accounts show that the firm's shareholder deficit reduced from €150,600 to €44,990.

ASSETS

A note attached to the accounts states that during the year, Mr Dundon transferred fixed assets valued at €97,871 to Marriott Park Ltd.

The chef also operates a cookery school at Dunbrody Country House.

A one-day cookery course costs €175 while a five-day masterclass costs €695.

The TV chef also has business interests in the US and wasn't available for comment yesterday.

However, Mr Dundon has said previously: "The end of 2008, 2009 and the first few months of 2010 were the hardest time we had in our 17 years here, but we have turned the corner."

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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