‘I gen­uinely love pota­toes!’

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What is the meal you will al­ways re­mem­ber?

Af­ter achiev­ing the Miche­lin star last Septem­ber, my­self and the guys in the kitchen went to cel­e­brate at Restau­rant Gor­don Ram­say, which is on the Royal Hospi­tal Road in Lon­don. The ex­pe­ri­ence was first class. And we even ran into Ross Lewis [of Chap­ter One] in the air­port on the way home! Great day.

What was your defin­ing food ex­pe­ri­ence?

I’m not sure if I’ve had just one. At dif­fer­ent stages of my ca­reer I’ve had mo­ments that I’ve thought, ‘I re­ally love this, I’m go­ing to keep cook­ing’. I’m al­ways look­ing for­ward, ex­cited to see what hap­pens next.

What’s the first dish you ever cooked?

Grow­ing up watch­ing taught me how to make a bechamel sauce and proper cus­tard, so these were the first things I tried to cook.

What is your com­fort food?

Pota­toes! It’s so stereo­typ­i­cal, and I have been teased all over the world about them, but I gen­uinely love them. My daddy grew them. A meal of boiled new-sea­son pota­toes like Dublin Queens, with lots of real but­ter and salt, and maybe even a fried egg, is the best.

What is your hang­over cure?

Get up quickly so you don’t think about it too much! A cup of hot tea, a full Irish break­fast and a good laugh about the pre­vi­ous night’s an­tics does the trick.

What do you drink?

I’m fond of a Guin­ness, red wine, or a gin.

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

This would be hell; I’d have to have pota­toes of course, and cho­co­late, and maybe eggs, as they are pretty ver­sa­tile. How bor­ing, though.

How im­por­tant is food to you?

It’s my liveli­hood, so it’s pretty im­por­tant! I also think it’s im­por­tant that peo­ple know where their food comes from, how to cook it and how to grow it.

What’s your favourite restau­rant in Ire­land?

I couldn’t pos­si­bly name just one, we have so many now. In Dublin, I love Chap­ter One, For­est & Marcy, and the Green­House; and Loam in Gal­way. Ma­cau in Belfast is a favourite, too. Ob­vi­ously, Deanes Eipic is where I’m al­lowed to cook, so I like it there. And abroad? The Led­bury in Lon­don.

What is your guilty plea­sure?

It would have to be re­ally cheesy toasted sand­wiches.

If you de­cide to eat healthily, what’s your regime?

I will cut out bread and do a tea-tox to flush out the bad­ness, and drink plenty of water. I’ll cook Asian-style broths, which are light but still have lots of flavour. Danielle Barry, Ire­land’s only Miche­lin-starred fe­male chef, will be at the Fes­ti­val of Women, which takes place at the RDS on Septem­ber 16, 17 and 18. For tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion, see fes­ti­val­of­women.ie In con­ver­sa­tion with Sophie White Photo by Elaine Hill

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