‘I am a divil for chocolate’
What did your mother make you?
My dad was always the cook of the house, so my Mum got away scot-free from the cooking duties.
What is your hangover cure?
A dirty fry, or an even dirtier chipper.
If you could only eat three things for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Ooh, I was only talking about this with my boyfriend. It would have to be sushi; chicken; and potatoes.
What is the most appetising smell in the world?
Garlic! I’m a garlic fiend; I want it in everything.
You can go anywhere and have anything to eat with any one person. Where, what and who?
I would happily eat anywhere with Michael Pollan; he’s such an interesting food writer. He instantly makes you appreciate food and the cooking process.
What’s your favourite restaurant in Ireland?
The Ballymore Inn in Kildare is my favourite. If you haven’t eaten there, then make it your business to. And abroad? A little restaurant by the beach on the Greek island of Rhodes called Pegasus. It was run by the most charismatic Greek man. We ate there pretty much every day, and by the end of our holiday, he would keep us the biggest fish caught that day!
What’s your sweet treat?
I am a divil for chocolate — or a cream-and-jam doughnut is my ultimate sweet treat.
What do you refuse to eat?
I am always willing to try things a few times to see if they will eventually grow on me, but I will happily refuse turnip for the rest of my life. It is vile.
Worst meal ever?
Anything that involves cooking it from frozen. It’s sadness on a plate.
What is your guilty pleasure?
The weirdest combo of food that I could devour would be chips and ice cream. Anything sweet and savoury together I love, but then adding in the hot and cold as well — I don’t know why, I just love it!
When you eat healthily, what’s your regime?
Because I train five days a week, I have to eat healthily most of the time. I do allow myself treats every now and then, but most days I have my meals prepped. I have boiled eggs and avocado on toast with a bowl of porridge in the morning; a blended juice mid-morning, and a pre-workout meal of rice, a small portion of protein and loads of veg before I go to the gym. Then I have a protein shake and two more meals of a large portion of protein, rice, and veg, cooked with different spices and sauces to mix it up.
What’s your perfect family meal?
I love any meal that you can just slap up, with loads of different options on the table for everyone to dig into! In conversation with Sophie White Photo by Kip Carroll