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Derry cooks up storm on smells

THE gourmet aromas wafting from the kitchen of celebrity chef Derry Clarke in his Michelin star Dublin restaurant L'Ecrivain are not to everyone's taste.

A language school at the rear of the restaurant has complained about the "food cooking odours" that "permeate" into its building each day.

The Horner School of English, at 40 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, has lodged an objection with Dublin City Council.


Their objection relates to plans to start a cookery school and food boutique at the back of the language school, in a building next to the restaurant.

The Horner School is concerned about "enduring food odours on a daily basis, emanating from extract cowls located on the roof of the restaurant".

Dublin City Council has now asked Mr Clarke to consult with the council's environmental health officer with regard to "the appropriate control of fumes from the premises".

It has also asked for further details on food storage and refuse areas and a clarification on the "location, nature and extent of the food boutique element".

The council also wants to know about the opening hours of the cookery school, the size of the classes and the number of classes per day.

The language school refers to the "ongoing blockage of foul drains" that run under their property because of the "frequent build-up of grease in the pipework".

Derry Clarke with his wife, Sallyanne, has been Chef and Patron of l'Ecrivain for more than 22 years. The restaurant has had a Michelin star since 2003.

A final decision on the planning application has now been postponed until Mr Clarke submits the extra information required by the city council.