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Chris McClurg Biography – Chris McClurg Wiki
Chris McClurg is the head chef at Paul Ainsworth at number 6 in Padstow. He is taking part in the Northern Ireland heat of Great British Menu 2022. Whilst Chris has made Padstow his home, he was born and bred in County Down, Northern Ireland, and he couldn’t imagine representing any other region in the GBM kitchen.
Aged 16, Chris took a summer job at Shanks in Bangor, another top restaurant, and he never went back to school.
“It was like that opening scene of The Wolf of Wall Street where he says: ‘It was like mainlining adrenaline.’ I was hooked on service. I love it. A busy service, slightly up against it, that’s when I know I’m alive,” he told The Guardian in 2018.
Chris won a competition for young chefs in Northern Ireland and was followed around by a BBC camera crew, including being filmed turning up late and hungover for the first day of a stage at Richard Corrigan’s Lindsay House. He worked for three years at the high-end butchery O’Shea’s in London and Brussels, and helped open a cocktail bar in Belfast called Love & Death Inc.
When Chris McClurg landed in Cornwall from Belfast for a two-day trial at Paul Ainsworth’s No 6 restaurant in Padstow, Ainsworth picked him up from the airport.
“He laughs about it now,” Chris recalls. “He says: ‘I didn’t know whether I was picking up my new chef or the new front man for Babyshambles.’ I looked more like a rock star: long hair, leather, ripped denim and knackered boots. But I was leaving behind one world and entering into a new one, which was regimental, disciplined, structured. Paul told me: ‘Lots of people have talent. But lots of people aren’t surrounded by the right people who can harness that.’”
Chris returned to No 6 a month later as a chef de partie. After three years, he was made senior sous chef. He is now Chef de Cuisine at No6. Chris is proud to have worked with veteran chef Paul Ainsworth for over 10 years. He’s part of the team that won and have kept, their 1*and 4 AA rosettes, and was named the Observer Food Monthly’s Chef of the Year in 2018.
Chris looked to Northern Irish comedian Roy Walker as inspiration for an engaging ‘Catchphrase’ inspired turbot dish, and uses the longest running entertainment show in the world, ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ to influence what he hopes will be just one of his show stopping dishes.
Chris McClurg Great British Menu 2022
In 2022, chef Chris McClurg returned to the Great British Menu kitchen with a hunger to prove he has what it takes to go all the way to the banquet. He came so close last time he appeared on the show, with three of his four dishes coming second to the winners in Finals week. He is competing against Gemma Austin, Stephen Hope and Marty McAdam.
Chris McClurg Age
Chef Chris McClurg was born and raised in County Down, Northern Ireland. He is 33 years old.
Chris McClurg Instagram
Chris McClurg’s Instagram handle is @chrismcclurg.