Beat the Chef is Channel 4‘s insane new cooking show where amateurs go head-to-head against professionals for the chance to win a massive £10,000!

So who are the professional chefs taking on the challenge?

Here is everything you need to know about Irish chef Clodagh Mckenna!

Pictured: Clodagh Mckenna

Meet Clodagh Mckenna…

Clodagh – pronounced ‘clo-da’ – is a celebrity chef from Blackrock, Cork in Ireland.

The 44-year-old chef has been working in the industry for over 20 years.

After her and her partner, Peter Gaynor parted ways in 2016, Clodagh found love with a new man, Harry Herbert! Harry is the younger brother of the Earl of Carnarvon, who owns Highclere Castle – where Downton Abbey is filmed!

Clodagh said:

I feel really lucky to be living there, it’s so beautiful.

… We bet!

Clodagh McKenna – Beat the Chef S1 E3.

Clodagh’s culinary past

She trained at the prestigious Irish institute Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork before pursuing her solo career.

Clodagh has a restaurant in Dublin called Clodagh’s Kitchen, which focusses on her ‘Slow Food’ cooking ethos and fresh, modern Irish cuisine.

She also opened two other award-winning restaurants, but they have since been closed for Clodagh to head in a different culinary direction.

TV appearances

Clodagh has become most well-known for her appearances as a celebrity chef.

Over the years she has featured on many popular shows as Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, This Morning on ITV and even many hit American shows such as The Rachel Ray Show and The Today Show.

Food writer

Clodagh writes a weekly food column for the Evening Standard. She has been doing so since spring 2018.

But that’s not all the writing she does, as Clodagh has also published six successful cookbooks!

Her most recent book Clodagh’s Suppers and all her other books are available to purchase on Amazon.

Does Clodagh have Instagram?


You can follow Clodagh on all her foodie adventures @clodagh_mckenna.

She regularly posts snaps of all her cooking, plus links to her delicious Evening Standard recipes.


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