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Saturday 16 December 2017

Gerald Kean and his celebrity restaurant team cook up a storm for charity

Jenny Dixon 'Sous Chef', Gerald Kean 'Head Chef', Cathy Kelly 'Waiter' and Marty Whelan 'Maitre'd'. Ouzos Irish Stars Night, in aid o Make-A-Wish foundation. Ouzos Bar and Grill, Blackrock, Dublin
Jenny Dixon 'Sous Chef', Gerald Kean 'Head Chef', Cathy Kelly 'Waiter' and Marty Whelan 'Maitre'd'. Ouzos Irish Stars Night, in aid o Make-A-Wish foundation. Ouzos Bar and Grill, Blackrock, Dublin
Gerald Kean 'Head Chef'. Ouzos Irish Stars Night, in aid o Make-A-Wish foundation. Ouzos Bar and Grill, Blackrock, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

CELEBRITY solicitor Gerald Kean has said he would love to swap the law books for a chef's hat but for one small problem - he can't afford it.

Kean (57) said he would open his own restaurant in a heartbeat but told the Herald: "I've a lot of bills to pay so I have to stay at what I'm doing."

The legal eagle, who previously starred on cookery show The Restaurant, took over as head chef in Ouzo's restaurant in Blackrock last night to raise money for children's charity Make-A-Wish.

He was joined by a host of other celebrities including Marty Whelan, Linda Martin, Cathy Kelly, Jenny Dixon and Brent Pope who took over from restaurant staff to raise funds for the worthy cause.

Gerard admitted to turning to some of the country's top chefs for inspiration for his menu.

"Ross Lewis from Chapter One has helped me out with some of them. I got great help from Joe Shannon on TV3 too. I learn from people like that and then I like to put it into play myself."

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He also credited ex-fiancee Lisa Murphy (42) with helping him out with his kitchen skills.

"I would've cooked for Lisa a lot over the last eight years," he said. "She'd tell me if it's too salty or too dry and guide me - she knows her food as well."

Despite splitting for the third time back in January, Gerald revealed that the couple are still in touch, saying: "I was talking to her on Sunday actually and she's good. She's doing well."

The solicitor admitted he's a perfectionist and confessed he had warned his fellow celebs to "stay out of his way" in the kitchen.

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