Chef’s home fetches R5m

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - AUCTIONS -

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.

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