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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Laura Whitmore supports foodie friend Clodagh McKenna at her pop-up eaterie

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She left Ireland for the bright lights of London many years ago, but presenter Laura Whitmore has shown she still flies the flag for the Irish as she attended celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna's restaurant in the city.

The former MTV news anchor (30) was joined by her stylist pal Dee Moran as she dined at Clodagh's Irish Kitchen pop-up restaurant in famous London store Selfridges.

Bray native Laura revealed she is "very good friends" with the chef as she shared a picture of the menu on Instagram. She also tweeted her support for the restaurateur before tucking into Irish-inspired cuisine at the temporary eaterie, which is open until today.

"So proud of my very good friend Clodagh McKenna," she wrote.

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Clodagh first ventured into the restaurant business when she opened her cafe in Arnotts.

However, the chef recently told the Herald that opening her first stand-alone restaurant in Blackrock was incredibly difficult.

"People were saying, 'two restaurants, be cautious', but we were lucky to start out with a very established department store and they have an incredibly loyal customer base so there wasn't much risk involved there," she said.

"We opened up Blackrock in 2013 and the first six months were really, really hard.

"It was the hardest six months of my life I think."

Clodagh has also recently had success in the US with her cookbook, Clodagh's Irish Kitchen, and her TV show, Clodagh's Irish Food Trails.

"They still feel we're the bacon and cabbage nation, but we are so much more than that. It wasn't my plan to break America," she said.

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