Sunday 27 May 2018

Jamie gets his teeth into a meaty challenge with new restaurant

MEET the Naked Chef -- and this week 'Jamie Does'....meat.

Jamie Heaslip is about to start a 'Food Revolution' in the capital, with the opening of his very own restaurant.

The yummy Leinster and Ireland Number 8 has chosen the Dubliner magazine to reveal all about his new mouthwatering new venture -- Bear.

Just days before he's set to face Italy at the Aviva, the former Naas star shows his meatier side with a series of heart-stopping shots.

And it was the Dubliner that first gave Jamie his big idea about going into the food business.

His new South William Street steak house sees him joining forces with restaurateur Joe Macken, who created quirky Dublin eateries including Crackbird and Jo'Burger.

"I actually read about Jo'Burger in the Dubliner, funnily enough, and I've been going to it ever since -- about once or twice a week," explained the 28-year-old forward.

"I got chatting to Joe there and you know what he's like -- he's not shy or retiring at all. By the time Crackbird opened, I was saying I should have bought shares in the place."

He believes that dipping his toe into the hospitality industry could be the first step in him creating a new career once his sporting one comes to an end, and it's a new challenge which he relishes.

"I'm always thinking of life after rugby -- it's a pretty short career. We can't finish up like soccer players, we have to go and work afterwards," he said.

"This will hopefully be helping me in life after rugby and give me an idea of how businesses are run. Rugby guys are sheltered in a little bubble...this is putting me outside of my comfort zone a little bit."

He'll be back on the day job this weekend though, as he joins an unchanged squad to line out against Italy in the next stage of the Six Nations championship at the Aviva stadium.

But he has admitted that he still feels bad over the fiasco that happened in Paris 10 days ago, which left thousands of Irish rugby fans out of pocket after the last-minute cancellation of the game against France.

"I feel bad for the 10,000 supporters who travelled there and paid a lot of money to see some rugby and all they saw was a game of touch rugby when half the crowd left," he said.

Read the full version of this interview in tomorrow's Dubliner magazine, free every Thursday with the Herald

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