Chef’s home fetches R5m
THE GREEN Point home of debt-ridden Irish celebrity chef, Conrad Gallagher, fetched R5 million when it was sold on public auction on Wednesday.
According to Claremart auctioneer, Jonathan Smiedt, the property caused some serious bidding with the hammer finally falling at R5m to a UK buyer.
Held on site, the auction was attended by an enthusiastic crowd of regular auctiongoers, developers, estate agents, media and bidders.
Gallagher, the youngest chef ever to be awarded two Michelin stars, moved to Cape Town in 2005 after his restaurants in Dublin and New York collapsed under debt. He soon became the chef du jour to celebrityhungry South Africans and was recruited by Sun International to upgrade standards at the hotel chain’s five-and sixstar properties.
He also reviewed South African Airways’ food and beverage operation and in December 2007 opened his Cape Town restaurant, Geisha Wok and Noodle Bar, with much fanfare to the local public.
But the sweet taste of suc- cess was short-lived and in July 2008, Gallagher was hauled to court over debt.
The inevitable dismantling of his South African-based businesses and liquidation of assets followed.
Following his bankruptcy, Gallagher and his wife, former Miss Port Elizabeth finalist Candice Coetzee, and their two sons moved back to Dublin.
GONE: Jonathan Smiedt, left, and Christian Stewart outside Conrad Gallagher’s property which was auctioned for R5 million.