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Top chef Derry recovers after heart surgery


 GRIEF: Sallyanne and Derry Clarke and

GRIEF: Sallyanne and Derry Clarke and

GRIEF: Sallyanne and Derry Clarke and

CELEBRITY chef Derry Clarke is recovering at home after undergoing heart surgery.

The Dublin restaurant owner underwent a double bypass after being warned he was in danger of suffering a heart attack.

Derry was advised to have the operation due to a family history of cardiac problems.

The 56-year-old made the decision to have the operation following the death of a doctor friend at just 43.

The chef, who runs Michelin starred L'Ecrivain in the city centre with his wife Sallyanne, was due to be released from hospital yesterday and will spend the next few weeks recovering.



Sallyanne explained that her husband was "up and about", but that it will take up to six weeks before he is back at work.

She said: "It was actually a much bigger job than I thought.

"It was elective but a big job nonetheless.

"It took a few days before he began to look like Derry again and then he was up and about. But it will take a while for him to recover completely."

While the chatty chef will be missed from his restaurant, Sallyanne said staff are fully equipped to cope in his absence.

She added: "People ask who does the cooking when Derry isn't there. Well it's the same team of people who cook when he is there.

"The restaurant is only closing for the first week of January. Derry will only be out for six weeks."

While her husband recovers at home, Sallyanne revealed the family won't celebrate Christmas this year following the death of their son last New Year's Eve.

Andrew (left) died four days after he was found unconscious at his home and it was later confirmed the 16-year-old had taken his own life.

Sallyanne said: "We won't celebrate Christmas at all.

"We intend to have a quiet family Mass on New Year's Eve and we will visit his grave.

"We want to remember him. I think next year we will get more involved in Teenline, the suicide prevention charity."

The grieving mum said she will never understand why her son took his own life.

She added: "I don't think he was struggling.

"He was in great spirits and we always talked as a family."