Clodagh McKenna trained as a chef at Ballymaloe Cookery School & then went on to work as a chef in Ballymaloe House for 3 years.
She then left the kitchen to set up her own stall at a local market as well as developing other farmers markets around Ireland.
She now has her own weekly column for the Irish Examiner, fortnightly column for The Mail on Sunday, and a monthly column for Food and Wine magazine.
Clodagh has also written for the Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune, Aer Lingus Magazine, Delicious Magazine & she is also the editor of the Slow Food Ireland Guide to Producers.
She lectures at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Colorno (Italy).
Clodagh has appeared as a cook and promoter of local produce on many TV shows.
Her first book The Irish Farmers' Market Cookbook was published by Harper Collins in November 2006 & she has filmed a TV series to accompany the book which is titled Fresh from the Farmers Markets which aired on RTE 1 early in 2007.
Clodagh is currently writing her second book on her travels to producers around Europe and has just finished filming the second series of ‘Fresh from the Farmers Markets’ for RTE1.
Clodagh is very proud to be working on a project with SuperValu supermarkets in Ireland to develop and promote their local artisan producers. She is also the Spokesperson for AGA Ireland.
I have been involved in food now for nearly 10 years, I was a chef, farmers market organiser, food producers (pates and terrines), radio broadcaster, and now I am a predominately a food writer and broadcaster on TV!
I grew up in Cork, Ireland, but spent summers in France from an early age where I learned lots about French food, I then went on to Univerisity in the USA. Came back home with the knowledge that I definitely wanted to start my own business but like so many people just didn’t know what I wanted to do!
But with lots of encouragement from my parents (and a co signature for a loan!) I went and did the Ballymaloe Cookery Course.
Here the love affair began and since then I have been doing my best to get people around the country as hooked as I am!
I now live in Turin in Northern Italy, I moved here about 1 year ago. I have always had a love for Italian food and dreamed of one day living there, I decided that I wasn’t going to have any regrets in my life so I packed my bags and headed to Italy in the hope of learning as much as I could about food. I visit a different food or wine producer every 2 weeks and go to as many festivals as I can. I am working on a book at the moment which will be packed full of my stories, travels and recipes that I have learned.
For more information about Clodagh McKenna click here: http://www.clodaghmckenna.com/