Richard Corrigan

Pioneer of Irish cuisine in the London restaurant scene, Richard Corrigan has worked his way from his local hotel kitchen, to maintaining a Michelin star for ten years, to owning three celebrated London restaurants


Birthday: 10 February 1964

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Born and raised in Ballivor, Richard Corrigan grew up on a farm, surrounded by farms, with farming in his blood. His upbringing consisted of helping his siblings milk the dairy cows, scrumping local orchards, and smoking bacon with his mother. Farming is all about growing ingredients, and Richard Corrigan grew up to love and respect good ingredients.

After working in a local hotel kitchen in his teenage years, Corrigan studied professional cookery at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He cut his teeth through apprenticeships in kitchens throughout the Netherlands, before arriving in London and becoming head chef at Stephen Bull’s Blandford Street Restaurant at 22, then at Mulligans of Mayfair to develop his own style. His profile as a chef began to rise in 1994, when he won his first Michelin star working as the head chef of Stephen Bull’s restaurant on Fulham Road.

Corrigan’s next Michelin star came at his own restaurant, Lindsay House in Soho, winning the award in 1997. The restaurant kept this award until it closed ten years later at the end of its lease. In the meantime, Corrigan had bought and refurbished Bentley’s Oyster Bar, which had struggled previously despite its endurance as a London staple since 1916. He had worked at the bar over a decade ago, and he still owns the venue to this day.

After the closure of Lindsay house, Corrigan’s profile shone even brighter after opening Corrigan’s Mayfair in 2008, and making it thrive amidst the harshness of the financial crisis. The restaurant won ‘London Restaurant of the Year’ by the Evening Standard in the year of its founding, then the ‘AA London Restaurant of the Year’ the year after, and earned three AA Rosettes.

In 2019 Corrigan took over the restaurant space left by Nuala and created Daffodil Mulligan. The restaurant is quintessentially Irish, serving classics that reflect Corrigan’s upbringing and philosophy. He resents the term philosophy, as he dislikes cooks who place themselves above their ingredients, of which he believes are the paramount feature of good food and should be respected with near reverence – classics shouldn’t be mucked around with.

Corrigan is particular about sourcing his ingredients, only using seasonal produce, usually from his own horticultural operation of six gardeners who supply his restaurants. Virginia Park Lodge in Ireland, where Corrigan held his wedding reception, then bought decades later, supplies his restaurants with vegetables from its garden too. All produce is organic.

The man is a great personality, a critic once remarked that he’d be the best chef in the world if his cooking was as good as his talking. His Saint Patrick’s Day morning celebrations in Corrigan’s Mayfair are also legendary, if you’re lucky enough to get a space, of course.

Richard Corrigan's Restaurants

"‘You have to respect great ingredients. They shouldn’t be touched by someone with culinary ambition, and I don’t want my food intellectualised.’"
"‘It was a good life. Sitting in the long grass listening to corncrakes, stealing from orchards, being out and about from dawn till dusk… that’s not cheffy romanticism, I did that.’ "

Richard Corrigan's Books

Richard Corrigan has written one recipe book, in which he also included memoirs and opinions. He also contributed all recipes to another recipe book, but isn't credited as the author

Cookery School
Cookery School
Published 2011

FAQs

Who is Richard Corrigan?
Richard Corrigan is an Irish chef who owns Corrigan's Mayfair, Bentley's Oyster Bar, and Daffodil Mulligan, all in London.

Where is Richard Corrigan from?
Richard Corrigan is from Ballivor, County Meath in the Republic of Ireland. He has worked in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the UK.

What is Richard Corrigan's net worth?
RIchard Corrigan is reportedly worth approximately £4 million.

Who is Richard Corrigan married to?
Richard Corrigan is married to Maria Corrigan, a psychotherapist. They married in 1991, Corrigan later bought the Virginia Park Lodge, where they held their wedding reception.

Richard Corrigan's TV Shows

Richard Corrigan has appeared on many TV shows, mainly competetive cooking shows (he has won the Great British Menu three times), some talk shows, and hosted Chef Race: UK vs. U.S.

Good Morning Britain
2019 - 2019

Good Morning Britain

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
2014 - 2014

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice

Food and Drink
2014 - 2014

Food and Drink

Chef race: UK vs. U.S.
2012 - 2012

Chef race: UK vs. U.S.

Cookery School
2011 - 2011

Cookery School

Saturday Kitchen
2008 - 2008

Saturday Kitchen

MasterChef: the Professionals
2008 - 2008

MasterChef: the Professionals

Celebrity MasterChef
2008 - 2008

Celebrity MasterChef

The Great British Menu
2006 - 2021

The Great British Menu

Corrigan Knows Food
2006 - 2006

Corrigan Knows Food

Taste
2005 - 2005

Taste

Full On Food
2005 - 2005

Full On Food

Jamie's Kitchen
2002 - 2002

Jamie's Kitchen

MasterChef
2001 - 2001

MasterChef