‘My biggest passion is to host suppers at my Coach House in London. Whether it’s for friends, family or strangers, my heart fills with joy when I see everyone sat around my table enjoying my food. For me this is what cooking is all about; sharing a memorable moment together.’
ABOUT CLODAGH MCKENNA
Clodagh Mckenna is a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, Evening Standard columnist and broadcaster who develops wholesome recipes using seasonal ingredients that are perfect for entertaining. This year Clodagh will celebrate 20 years working in food.
Clodagh’s recipes can be seen in any of her five best-selling cookbooks, on on her YouTube channel or in one of her regular slots on Sunday Brunch (UK), The Today Show (USA), The Rachael Ray Show (USA), The Marilyn Denis Show (Canada) or Your Morning (Canada). Clodagh will also be filming a new television series in 2018 entitled ‘Clodagh’s Suppers’ that will be set in her Coach House in London. This series is being created for Irish, UK, American and Canadian TV. This will be Clodagh’s fifth television series. Her last series Clodagh’s Irish Food Trails gained more than 15 million viewers on PBS (USA).
Clodagh started her career in food in her home country of Ireland, where she trained and worked at Ballymaloe Cookery School & House in County Cork. Then went on to develop farmers markets around Ireland as well as developing her own food range, which she sold via the farmers markets. She lived in Italy for three years where she worked with the international organisation Slow Food. She now has a restaurant in Dublin called Clodagh’s Kitchen, where customers can sample her food ethos, which focuses on simple, local and seasonal produce with a fresh take on Irish cooking.
Clodagh has hosted pop-ups in collaboration with brands, including The Whitney Museum, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Cheyne Walk Brasserie and L’Or Coffee. She is also a spokesperson for many different brands and has recently become the U.S. ambassador for Kerrygold and the Irish ambassador for the National Dairy Council. This November Clodagh is involved in the publicity for the World Cheese Awards and will be hosting the main stage at the Christmas edition of the Taste of London. In Christmas 2017, Clodagh is collaborated with Tesco Ireland, developing a range of recipes and filming online videos to encourage customers to make simple and delicious Christmas suppers using seasonal ingredients.
Clodagh's next cookbook 'Clodagh's Suppers' will be published in September 2018.
"My friend Clodagh McKenna creates the most delicious and simple dinner recipes that our viewers love." - Rachael Ray
"If there's anyone out there who still doesn't realize how fresh, bright, and packed with flavor good Irish food can be, Clodagh McKenna will set them straight once and for all with this colorful and engaging new cookbook. The time McKenna has spent in Italy and elsewhere abroad has, if anything, sharpened her focus on the great food products and culinary traditions of her homeland, and this volume should help reinforce the position of honest Irish cooking in the European culinary pantheon." - Colman Andrews, author of The Country Cooking of Ireland and contributing editor to Gourmet Magazine of TheDailyMeal.com
"If you've never delved into Irish cooking, Clodagh's Irish Kitchen is a great jumping point - it's incredibly compelling and you'll want to make everything in it!" - Glamour Magazine USA
"Irish chef Clodagh McKenna creates the perfect 'Irish soul food' to share among friends and family." - People Magazine USA
Clodagh has filmed two television series to accompany her Irish Farmer’s Market Cookbook, the first of which debuted on RTÉ in 2007. Part two debuted in 2008 and was picked up by media outlets in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Clodagh’s third series Fresh From The Sea was broadcast on RTÉ in 2009 and a second series of the same name aired in 2010 and was met with rave reviews. Clodagh’s Irish Food Trails aired on PBS and Create TV in the USA in 2012.
Clodagh has been a guest on numerous television programs including RTÉ’s Late Late Show, The Saturday Night Show, Ireland AM and Saturday Night with Miriam.
In the US & Canada, Clodagh has regular cooking slots has appeared on The Rachel Ray Show, The Today Show and the Marilyn Denis Show and has also appeared on The Nate Berkus Show, The Better Show and The Home and Family Show.
In the UK, Clodagh is a regular face on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch and has also appeared on BBC 1’s Saturday Kitchen, Rick Steins Food Heroes and Market Kitchen.
Clodagh's next TV series, Clodagh's Suppers, will be airing in September 2018 in Ireland, UK and US.
Clodagh is dedicated to raising awareness and donating her time to great causes.
London Irish Centre
In Christmas 2017, Clodagh raised £2,170 for the London Irish Centre which is a charity that provides care, culture and community to the most vulnerable Irish people living in London.
Clodagh is a proud ambassador for Haven is an Irish based NGO working in Haiti to rebuild homes and communities in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. Clodagh hosts regualr Taste of Haiti dinners in aid of Haven.
'One of the projects that really stands out for me is the training of boat makers as part of a livelihoods scheme in Gonaives. Haven set up training in boat making for local men to not only learning a skill but also to gain a boat that could then provide them with a livelihood. This showed me that the country and Haven didn’t turn their back to the sea that did so much damage; instead they looked to the sea that surrounds them for solutions.'