Deirdre ‘Dee’ Clinton is the Head chef at Smugglers Creek, sitting high on the cliffs at Rossnowlagh, in County Donegal. She is a regional, national & international award-winning chef and is currently a member of the Irish Culinary Team.
|Dee (3rd from right at the back) with members of the Irish Culinary team|
Dee is the only female chef to hold the title ‘Irish Chef of the Year’. She loves to use fresh local produce in her cooking especially seafood and this is very evident in her menus. Living near the sea, as she does in Donegal, she is very aware of the bountiful wonders that are available to her kitchen.
“We are very lucky here on the west coast of Ireland in that we have such a variety of fish & seafoods on our doorstep! It makes putting a menu together a pleasure,” says Dee. “I think its great that Ireland is finally recognising that we have the most wonderful home-grown products in this country and has stopped being afraid to shout about how great our own Irish foods are!”
|Deirdre ‘ Dee’ Clinton – Head Chef at Smugglers Creek, Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal|
One of Dee’s kitchen loves is baking and today she is cooking for us one of her favourite desserts. “This is a very simple recipe but it’s one of my favourites when I’m cooking at home for the family. Like any pudding the secret is to keep it light, layer the mix and keep the pudding from getting wet while cooking”.