Derry Clarke, has been Chef/Patron of l’Ecrivain Restaurant in Dublin 2’s Lower Baggot Street for the past for 26 years. He started his career in The Man Friday in Kinsale under Peter Barry in 1972 and moved to Dublin in 1977. He then spent four years in le Coq Hardi Restaurant on Pembroke Road under the guidance of John Howard, and a further eight years in the Bon Appetit Restaurant, again on Pembroke Road before opening his own restaurant in July 1989 with his wife Sallyanne.
Derry, and l’Ecrivain have been awarded many accolades over the past 26 years, such as Best Restaurant and Best Chef Awards since 1999. l’Ecrivain also has a Michelin Star which was first awarded in 2007. The latest award for Derry & l’Ecrivain was Restaurant of the Year, 2012 (Georgina Campbell Guide) , Good Food Ireland, Irish Chef of the Year 2012 (Dubliner Magazine – chef’s chef awarded by a jury of his peers again 2012. He has been runner up in the best restaurant and chef category every year.
Derry completed his time as Commissioner General at EuroToques, but remains actively involved. Many of the young Chef’s have won the coveter Bailey’s Young Chef of the year under his tutelage. Where possible Derry promotes the use of Organic Food & Non Genetically Modified Foods. Derry’s food ethos is simple. He uses the finest fresh local produce in season and supports local and artisan producers.
Derry is a regular Chef on The Seven O’Clock Show on TV3. He has also been resident chef on the Afternoon Show. ‘Food Fight’ a programme aired by RTE in December 2012 was a huge success as were as his stints on ‘Tracks and Trails’, and ‘Hanging with Hector’.
Derry is currently raising awareness and much needed funds for CONSOLE – a charity for Suicide Victim’s families, and recently completed Paris2Nice - a 700km cycle in September 2014.