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Tuesday 21 August 2018

I'm homesick, reveals star chef Stuart as he plans return to TV3

HIS Hollywood lifestyle might include teaming up with Sofia Vergara and cooking for A-listers at Elton John's famous Oscar party, but Irish chef Stuart O'Keeffe has admitted he really misses home.

The 30-year-old revealed to the Herald that he can't wait to jet back to Ireland next month for meetings of upcoming projects -- and although he's not on TV3's spring schedule with his show Stuart's Kitchen, he plans to make a return to Irish screens in the autumn.

"I plan on doing a lot of work in Ireland this year. I love coming back home for a few weeks each time. I really do miss my country a lot," he said.

Tipperary native Stuart moved to the US in 2004 and has cooked for Hollywood's biggest stars, including Sharon Stone, Glee creator Ryan Murphy and Jessica Lange, thanks to his culinary talents.

And the Herald columnist recently appeared alongside Modern Family beauty Sofia Vergara on American screens for the latest Tupperware campaign and said he was bowled over by the actress.

"She's a stunning-looking woman -- it was great fun working with her for the promotion."

The chef also rubbed shoulders with the likes of Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry when he served up an A-list menu for Elton John's renowned Oscar Night party in LA.

"The dinner was amazing ... we were cooking for about 400 guests. It's a crazy, long three days of work prepping for the event but I love it -- a party like this pushes you in more ways than one and it's very exciting."

But nothing compares to his home country and the Private Chefs of Beverly Hills star revealed: "I'm currently planning season two right now with TV3, and there's a possibility for a book at Christmas too. There's a lot going on at the moment."

Stuart's Ballymount series, which he shot in December 2010, is currently airing in South Africa and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, the Nenagh local is in talks to front his own cookery show on an American TV network. His face is well known from appearing in Oprah's lifestyle project Home Made Simple, which has been a ratings success so far since it kicked off in January, making over people's lives.

"I'm in charge of the kitchen aspect, so we do up their kitchen and teach them simple recipes to easy, good food," he said.

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