Sunday 19 January 2020

Live rodent found at star chef's city restaurant

Celebrity chef Oliver Dunne
Celebrity chef Oliver Dunne

A closure order was served on a Michelin Star chef's restaurant after a live rodent and droppings were found by health and safety inspectors.

Celebrity chef Oliver Dunne's Beef and Lobster, on Parliament Street, was served with a closure order last month by a health and safety inspector.

The order was issued on December 11 last, by the HSE and lifted the following day.

A food hygiene inspection report, accompanying the closure order, said conditions on the premises led to a "serious risk of food being contaminated".

"A live rodent was noted in the exposed cavity wall in the basement storage room next to the refrigeration and storage units," the report said.

"Significant amounts of rodent droppings were noted in two cavity wall openings in the basement storage room.

"There is direct access from the basement to the kitchen area."

The report said there were droppings behind a vent cover.

"There was a large vent cover on the wall in the dry storage room.


"There was a large amount of droppings noted in the cavity wall behind this vent cover.

"The door to this storage room was left open, allowing access to the kitchen at the end of the hall.

"The kitchen door was also open," the report added. Dunne was awarded a Michelin Star for his restaurant Bon Appetit, in Malahide.

He also owns the Cleaver East restaurant in Temple Bar. Mr Dunne's management and Beef and Lobster restaurant did not respond to requests for comment by the Herald.

Some 124 enforcement orders were served on food businesses last year - up 13pc from 2018.

The Food Safety Authority said: "It is disappointing to see an increase in enforcement orders for the second consecutive year."

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