AFTER another difficult Christmas and losing more than a stone following his double bypass surgery, celebrity chef Derry Clarke has insisted he cannot wait to get "back to work".
The restaurateur told the Herald that he will return to the helm at L'Ecrivain's kitchen in February, but plans to ease himself in gradually as he's still on the mend.
Derry (56) underwent the operation just days before marking the anniversary of his son Andrew's death.
The 16-year-old was found unconscious in the garage of the family home just two days after Christmas in 2012 and died on New Year's Eve.
Having successfully come through the surgery, Derry said he's looking forward to returning to a routine. "I'm six weeks out now and I've lost a stone and a half already, I couldn't eat or drink at all over Christmas.
"I'm glad I did it, I didn't have to – it was a choice. I wanted to do it, while I'm a bit younger and can still reap the benefits from it."
Before going back to run their Michelin-starred business, Derry and his wife Sally Anne will set off on holiday next week, to Morocco.
The couple hosted the launch of this year's Westport Food and Music Festival (June 28-29) at their south Dublin restaurant yesterday.