Clodagh is a celebrity chef, well-known Presenter and a food consultant. She is a promoter of local Irish produce and a regular chef on Market Kitchen.
Between the ages of 10 and 18, Clodagh McKenna spent all her summers with a French family, for whom food was very important. At home in Ireland, her dad did all the cooking and would delegate the preparation jobs to Clodagh.
Following her training at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork, Clodagh spent three years as a chef in Ballymaloe House. At the weekends, she set up her own stall at the Middleton Farmers’ Market, selling fresh pasta, pâté and pickles. Clodagh’s work at the market sparked her dedication to the Slow Food movement; she has run events for the organisation and remains a staunch supporter of local artisan producers.
She has her own weekly column for the Irish Examiner, fortnightly column for The Mail on Sunday, and a monthly column for Food and Wine magazine. Clodagh also contributes regularly to other publications and is the editor of the Slow Food Ireland Guide to Producers.
Clodagh has appeared as a cook and promoter of local produce on Out of The Blue, Rick Stein’s Food Heroes, TV3’s Ireland AM Show, Saturday Kitchen, Saturday Cooks, The Today Show and is a regular chef presenter for UKTV’s Market Kitchen and RTE’s The Afternoon Show.
Her first book The Irish Farmers’ Market Cookbook was published by Collins in November 2006 and she has filmed a TV series to accompany the book which is titled Fresh from the Farmers Markets.
Outside of her media work, Clodagh also lectures at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Colorno (Italy).
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Clodagh loves doing demonstrations and talks as they give her a chance to share recipes and food stories on a more personal level. These can be organised to suit different themes and events.