Clodagh McKenna is an Irish chef. Currently living between Dublin, London and New York. Clodagh McKenna is the author of five best-selling cookery books, which include ‘Clodagh’s Irish Kitchen’ and ‘Homemade’. Clodagh has filmed four television series entitled ‘Fresh From the Farmers Markets’, and ‘Fresh From The Sea’, which have aired in Ireland, UK, Europe, New Zealana, Australia, Canada and in the US 'Clodagh’s Irish Food Trails' which aired on PBS and Create TV reaching audience levels of over 15 million.
She has appeared in the UK on Market Kitchen, Waitrose Kitchen, BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, Rick Stein’s Food Heroes. Clodagh is currently a regular contributor on the TV3’s Ireland AM, CBS Rachael Ray Show, NBC’s Today Show, CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show (Canada) and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. She has also appeared on The Nate Berkus Show, The Late Late Show, Esquire TV, among many more.
Clodagh has been working in food for 16 years. She studied in France and New York and trained and worked at Ballymaloe Cookery School and House in County Cork and worked for three years developing farmers markets across Ireland, which she is very passionate about. Her work in Slow Food Ireland brought her to work at the Slow Food University in Italy, where she stayed for 3 years. She has a restaurant in Dublin and creates the menu with Aer Lingus onboard European and Transatlantic flights. Her food ethos is simple, local, seasonal with a fresh take on Irish cooking. Clodagh has many influences in her cooking, having lived in Italy and France, but the bases of her passion for food is Irish. Clodagh would describe her cooking as a fresh modern take on Irish food with a focus on seasonal and local produce. She also does Clodagh’s Irish Kitchen pop ups, including one at The Whitney Museum (NYC), Selfridges (London), and Fortnum and Mason (London).
Clodagh has been featured in Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Glamour (US), People Magazine (US), Better Homes and Gardens (US), New York Times, UK Saturday and Sunday Times Newspaper, Red Magazine, to name a few and writes about her gastro-travels for Food and Wine online.
Clodagh loves to fish and forage along the seashore and in woodlands. When she is not foraging or cooking, she loves the theatre and is a supporter of the Old Vic Theatre in London. She is also a passionate golfer, and comes from a long family history of golfing.
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 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, Make-A-Wish Ireland and supports many Irish organisations such as The One Percent Difference Campaign, Our Lady's Hospital Crumlin and Focus Ireland.
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.
Make-A-Wish Ireland has one simple aim - they grant the wishes of children aged between 3 and 17 years living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since arriving in Ireland in 1992, Make-A-Wish has granted wishes for almost 1,500 brave children.