Clodagh McKenna is a chef, cookbook author, broadcaster, food columnist with the Evening Standard and stars in the new Channel 4 series Beat The Chef which airs on 27th May 2019 in the UK and Ireland. She develops wholesome recipes using seasonal ingredients that are perfect for entertaining. This year, Clodagh celebrates 20 years working in food.
Clodagh’s recipes can be seen in any of her six best-selling cookbooks, on her YouTube channel or in one of her regular slots on Channel 4 Sunday Brunch (UK), The Today Show (USA), The Rachael Ray Show (USA), The Marilyn Denis Show (Canada) or Your Morning (Canada).
In spring 2018, Clodagh became a regular food columnist in the Evening Standard, sharing her recipes in the newspaper and online to over 18 million readers. Clodagh just released her sixth cookbook entitled, Clodagh’s Suppers, which was published in the UK and Ireland in January 2019, and in USA, Canada and Australia in March 2019.
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. Then she went on to develop farmers markets around Ireland as well as creating her own food range, which she sold via the farmers markets. She lived in Italy for three years where she worked with the international organisation Slow Food. She ran three award winning restaurants in Dublin 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 hosted pop-ups in collaboration with brands, including The Whitney Museum, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Cheyne Walk Brasserie, and L’Or Coffee. She is also a spokesperson for many different brands and has recently become the U.S. ambassador for Kerrygold and Guinness. Clodagh is also the Irish ambassador for the National Dairy Council.