Richard is a cebrity chef and restaranteur. He has appeared on television many times, including stints of BBC2’s ‘Masterchef’, BBC2’s Saturday Kitchen, Channel 4’s ‘Jamie’s Kitchen’ and BBC’s ‘Full on Food’. He has competed in the BBC’s ‘The Great British Menu’ and won both his telephone vote heats and cooked for the Queen at Mansion House.
Richard Corrigan’s passion for earthy and uncluttered food has won him international acclaim at his Soho’s Lindsay House in London and this same emphasis on purity of ingredients and honest presentation has wooed critics and public alike at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill.
Born in Dublin in 1964 but growing up in County Meath in a rambling farming family that grew, fished and hunted much of the food that came to the table. One of Richard’s earliest memories was his daily sprint past the beehives, ducking to avoid being stung, while heading into the paddocks to feed the pheasants kept for the shooting season. Churning butter, peeling spuds, hunting wild duck and even slaughtering pigs were all part of his life on the farm.
This affinity with fresh, seasonal food installed a natural confidence in Richard when, aged just 14, he became a trainee chef at a local hotel. Inspired by cooking and with a touch of the rebel about him he packed his suitcase and left his native Ireland for liberal Holland aged only 17. Here he honed his skills in a series of Michelin starred restaurants and met his future wife before moving to London to work with the outstanding Michel Lorrain at the Meridian Hotel in Piccadilly in 1985.
He went on to become head chef at Stephen Bull’s Blandford Street restaurant, followed by stints at Mulligan’s in Mayfair and then the famous Bentley’s Seafood Bar & Grill where he discovered the pride taken in a good English restaurant by its native customers. Richard then gained his first Michelin star at the famous Fulham Road restaurant in 1994 before moving to the Lindsay House in 1997.
Many further accolades followed, including an ‘outstanding chef award’ at the London Restaurant Awards in 2000 and Le Gault Millaut naming Lindsay House as one of London’s top five restaurants in 2005.
In 2006, he was one of 4 chefs who won a BBC competition, Great British Menu, to cook for the Queen’s 80th birthday and, in its second series, his fish course of Poached Salmon was selected for the Ambassador’s Dinner in Paris. In 2011 he began his own show on the Irish television channel RTÉ One called “Corrigan Knows Food”.
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As a chef, Richard’s philosophy is firmly rooted in a sense that food should reflect both who we are and where we are, and his cooking draws deeply on his Irish roots. Almost certainly the most celebrated of Irish chefs, Richard Corrigan remains true to his roots in the rugged countryside of County Meath.