Tuesday 23 July 2019

The loves of my life: Clodagh McKenna


Chef Clodagh McKenna
Chef Clodagh McKenna
Chloe Brennan

Chloe Brennan

The chef, restaurateur and cookbook author chats about her favourite people, places and things.

The person

My partner, Harry [Herbert].

The memory

Last April, when I was in Hackett's pub in Schull, west Cork, eating the most delicious fresh local crab and freshly-baked soda bread, along with a glass of Guinness.

The moment of the day

The quietness, very early in the morning in my garden, before London awakes.

The song

Proud Mary by Tina Turner, it's my party number!

The movie

The Bridges of Madison County.

The book

Clodagh's Suppers - my new cookbook, which comes out in January.

The hero

My sister, Mairead.

The accessory

My rose-gold ring with inset diamonds - I always wear it.

The outfit

A fitted silk dress from Alice Temperley - I wore it to the Cartier Racing Awards.

The gadget

My microplane - it grates the lightest Parmesan and lemon zest.

The pet hate


The friend

Fiona Leahy.

The beauty product

Sisley's Black Rose Precious Face Oil is amazing, especially if you're going on a long-haul flight.

The holiday

Wyoming this summer, on a ranch.

The hotel

The Hotel Costes in Paris.

The piece of advice

Take time to remember to be happy.

The drink

A Whiskey Sour, with a lovely frothy egg white.

The bar

The Dead Rabbit in New York City.

The hobby

I find painting plates is so therapeutic, and they look beautiful in my kitchen.

The part of my body

My hands.

The virtue


The vice

Dark chocolate.

The celebrity

Meryl Streep. I love and respect her as an actress, but also for her stance on speaking up on political issues.

The smell


The taste




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