Corrigan is on a roll with new city bistro
CELEBRITY chef Richard Corrigan (43) has joined the ranks of telly chefs to open a restaurant in Dublin city centre. The Co Meath man has announced he is to open a gourmet bistro on St Stephen’s Green.
But the Michelin-starred chef has promised his restaurant will be aimed at the mid-market unlike its upscale neighbours.
The chef who already owns two renowned restaurants in London will open his Dublin venture at Browne's Brasserie and Hotel on St Stephen's Green.
But the bistro will offer up simpler dishes rather than fine cuisine so that Corrigan won't be competing with nearby neighbours Thornton's and Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.
Corrigan, who fronted the RTE show Corrigan Knows Food, has said he intends to work in the kitchen of his new Dublin restaurant on a regular basis.
And he won't be the only telly star who has got sweaty in an Irish kitchen.
Hell's Kitchen star Gordon Ramsay opened his restaurant in the five star Ritz Carlton Powerscourt Hotel last year.
It brings to nine the total number of restaurants Ramsay owns, eight of which are dotted around the UK.
Although he's not on site 24/7, the menu is put together by the chef who gained notoriety for his foul mouth.
Chef Jean Christophe Novelli was one of the first to take up his place in a Dublin kitchen when he became chef at La Stampa.
Novelli, who has since broken ties with the Dublin restaurant, did it the other way around and became a TV chef after his stint.
RTE chef Darina Allen has long had kept her restaurant in Ballymaloe House, Co Cork and her daughter-in-law Rachel has followed in her footsteps with a successful TV show and culinary teaching school.
Ramsay's mentor Marco Pierre White has 30 restaurants in the UK but even he could not resist the temptation of becoming television face – taking up a role on Hells Kitchen.
Corrigan's Dublin restaurant is due to open in early June, with Browne's continuing to trade in the meantime.
He achieved a Michelin Star in 1998 and has been awarded many other culinary accolades, including Outstanding London Chef at the London Restaurant Awards.