Celebrity chef Derry Clarke is like a new man just months after undergoing serious heart surgery, his wife has revealed.
The Dublin-based chef is now several stone lighter and is leading a much healthier and active lifestyle.
A keen cycler, the owner of city centre eatery L’Ecrivain is in training to take on the gruelling Paris to Nice Cycle challenge this September.
After undergoing a triple heart bypass at Christmas, the chef is gearing up to complete 700km over six days in aid of suicide prevention charity Console.
After giving up cigarettes before the operation and taking up early-morning cycles, Derry is now in the best shape of his life, according to his wife Sallyanne.
“He is doing everything he wanted to do, he is focused and he looks great,” she told the
“He lost a lot of weight when he had the bypass and he’s toning up now so he’s in better shape than he’s been in a long time.”
Derry will undertake the Dublin to Galway cycle in the coming weeks as a training challenge before heading to France at the end of September.
“He’s out on the bike and he’s been keeping healthy,” explained Sallyanne.
Derry will cycle across France as part of a group of ten who are doing the challenge in aid of Console, Ireland’s national suicide charity.
It is a cause that is very close to the Clarke family after their son, Andrew, took his own life, aged 16 on New Year’s Eve, 2012.
“We’re doing okay and keeping busy,” Sallyanne said.
“I just had a knee replacement, so it is nice for Derry to have something like this to keep him focused.”
The couple, who run Michelin- star restaurant L’Ecrivain on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin, are calling for people to support Console and the Paris to Nice cycle challenge.
“We were looking online and all the children’s charities are getting a lot more support than Console,” said Sallyanne.
“They deserve the support, but we are trying to raise awareness for Console and would love to see support from people.”
Derry (56), has teamed up with other chefs for the cycle, including Ross Lewis, owner of swanky eatery Chapter One.
The group are aiming to raise €100,00 for the suicide prevention charity and they will join more than 100 people who are taking part in the cycle.
Derry, who is combining training with running L’Ecrivain, decided to have heart surgery in December.
He was advised to have the operation due to a family history of cardiac problems.
He returned to work at his restaurant two months later and said he has a renewed zest for life.