Clodagh McKenna is a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and broadcaster. Clodagh develops wholesome recipes using seasonal ingredients that are perfect for entertaining. Clodagh’s recipes can be seen in any of her five best-selling cookbooks, 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 started her career in food in her home country of Ireland, where she trained and worked at Ballymaloe Cookery School & House in County Cork. Clodagh now has a restaurant in Dublin at Arnotts 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 also hosted pop-ups in collaboration with brands, including The Whitney Museum, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Cheyne Walk Brasserie and L’Or Coffee. Clodagh is also a spokesperson for many different brands and has recently become the U.S. ambassador for Kerrygold.
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.