‘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 and broadcaster who develops wholesome recipes using seasonal ingredients that are perfect for entertaining. Next year (2018) 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.
This Christmas Clodagh is collaborating with Tesco Ireland, developing a range of recipes, filming online videos for their website and hosting several PR events to encourage customers to make Christmas suppers using seasonal ingredients.
"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, contributing editor to Gourmet Magazine and editorial director 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 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 is currently airing on PBS and Create TV in the USA. She is due to film a new series in September, which will be aired on Create TV, PBS and RTÉ next spring.
Clodagh has been a guest on numerous television programs including RTÉ’s Late Late Show, The Saturday Night Show, Ireland AM and most recently Saturday Night with Miriam.
In the US, she has appeared on The Rachel Ray Show, The Today Show, The Nate Berkus Show and The Better Show.
In the UK, Clodagh has appeared on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch, BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, Rick Steins Food Heroes and Market Kitchen.
Clodagh is dedicated to raising awareness and donating her time to great causes. She is a proud ambassador of Haven Charity.
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.
'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.'
Clodagh hosts the annual Taste of Haiti dinner each year in aid of Haven and will visit Haiti in April 2014.