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In the kitchen with Eoin Cluskey

The baker talks stew, comfort food and more.

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Have you ever wondered what chefs eat when they're not at work? Us too.

That's why in this series we talk to some of our favourite members of the Irish food scene about their food habits outside of the workplace. Today, we're chatting with Eoin Cluskey of Bread 41 on Pearse Street in Dublin. 

Organic bakery Bread 41 is a temple to sourdough - during lockdown, Eoin and his team handed out free starter samples to encourage Dubliners to nurture their own bread at home. Known for its exceptional pastries, such as cruffins, sausage rolls and croissants, Bread 41 is a must-visit if you're in the area. 

Recently, Bread 41 teamed up with Guinness Open Gate Brewery and The Useless Project, the Dublin-based sustainability gurus to launch The Useless Brew, a sustainable beer made with leftover rye and buckwheat loaves from the bakery. For more info, click here.

Here, Eoin tells us about what he likes to eat when he's not at the bakery.

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Do you cook a lot at home?

Yes. What grows together, goes together and I like to cook at home with my kids and wife.

Who do you usually eat with?

I love to break bread with my family.

Are there any foods you have to or choose to avoid?

Any processed food. I always want to know where my food comes from, and how it's grown and where it's grown.

What five ingredients do you always have in your kitchen?

Salt, flour, milk, pasta and butter.

What's in your fridge right now?

It's empty because I am moving house!

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What is your default dinner after a busy week?

Bacon sandwich. Simple but always amazing.

What is your favourite kitchen gadget?

I use the Microplane daily in the bakery, it's a great kitchen gadget.

Do you have a favourite chef or cookbook?

Forgotten Skills by Darina Allen.

Have you ever had a kitchen disaster?

Yes, while training, I once set the kitchen on fire.

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What's the best thing you've ever cooked?

A loaf of bread, of course.

What is the best cooking tip you've ever been given?

Take the time to cook, don't rush it.

What would be your last meal?

Bread and butter. Bread really is my passion.

What is your favourite dish to cook?

My Nanna's stew. It's just so warm and comforting in the bowl, you can't go wrong.

Click here for more info about Bread 41.