‘I try ev­ery­thing. I’ve had fish heads’

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What did your mother make you?

Salmon with noo­dles.

What’s the first dish you ever cooked?

Home-made veg­etable soup — I made it dur­ing my first home-eco­nomics class.

What is your com­fort food?

Tomato ketchup on any­thing.

What is your han­gover cure?

I don’t do hang­overs!

If you could only eat three things for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Roast chicken; man­darins; and tomato ketchup.

How im­por­tant is food to you?

Very im­por­tant, as I work in the food in­dus­try and I am in­ter­ested in food. I also com­pete in a lot of sport, so food is vi­tal. I help my mum pre­par­ing the food, and it’s a nice time to catch up with her.

You can go any­where and have any­thing to eat with any one per­son. Where, what and who?

It would have to be sunny LA, with the ac­tress Lea Michele from Glee. I’d or­der a ham­burger with fries.

What’s your favourite restau­rant in Ire­land, and abroad?

Pinoc­chio in Ranelagh — I love the Ital­ian food there and the great at­mos­phere. I have been to a lot of restau­rants abroad, but my favourite place to eat out­side of Ire­land would be Nice in France.

What’s your sweet treat?

Cho­co­late Moons from Aldi.

What do you refuse to eat?

Noth­ing, I try ev­ery­thing. I’ve even had fish heads.

What is your guilty plea­sure?

It has to be Cad­bury’s Caramel. I love caramel.

What’s your sig­na­ture dish?

A veg­etable stir fry — lots of fresh veg­eta­bles, and I love mak­ing it for my fam­ily at home.

Are you care­ful about what you eat?

Yes, I have to be — I love sport, so I watch what I eat. My brother is get­ting mar­ried this month, and I’m best man, so the whole fam­ily is watch­ing what we eat, as we need to look good for the wed­ding. I start the day with a bowl of por­ridge — good fuel for the day — some­thing small for lunch, and, for dinner, chicken or fresh fish with a lot of fresh veg­eta­bles.

What is the meal you will al­ways re­mem­ber?

Any meals with my fam­ily, in the gar­den, in the sun. Cian O’Con­nor works in Pinoc­chio restau­rant in Ranelagh, D6, tel: (01) 497-0111 If you’d like to host an ice cream party this month to sup­port the 15th year of Down Syn­drome Ire­land HB Ice Cream Fun­days, sim­ply call: (1890) 373-737, or reg­is­ter on­line, see down­syn­drome.ie, to re­ceive your party pack, in­clud­ing vouch­ers for de­li­cious ice cream

In con­ver­sa­tion with So­phie White Photo by Gerry Mooney

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