| 4.9°C Dublin

Top chefs strap on stilettos for charity

Twelve of Ireland's top Michelin-starred chefs have stepped out of the kitchen and into stilettos for a charity calendar to raise funds for young adults with mental health difficulties.

Top chefs including MasterChef's Oliver Dunne, L'Ecrivain's Derry Clarke, Kevin Thornton, Chapter's One's Ross Lewis, Gary O'Hanlon, Residence's Graham Neville, Raymond McArdle and Kevin Dundon appear in the calender, with all proceeds going to the Walk In My Shoes foundation.

They all strike various hilarious poses with fruit and vegetables, proving that they know how to have some fun for a good cause. The calender was the brainchild of Cleaver East's Oliver Dunne, who wore a short apron and black stilettos for the photo shoot.

naked

"We were going to all pose naked with some fruit and veg but that had been done already, so because it's for the Walk In My Shoes charity we all wore different kinds of shoes and boots," Oliver told the Herald.

"We just wanted to have a bit of fun with it because chefs can often be seen as being quite hard-faced.

"Barry McCall, the photographer, was fantastic, and he was very conscious of making sure everyone looked well, so we focused on the shoes and we're all wearing pretty short chef's aprons."

Oliver also hopes the calendar will encourage people to speak out about any mental health difficulties they might have

"As chefs, we have hectic schedules - we all have good days, tough days and bad days," he said.

"We want young people to know that we're all the same, we all have mental health, we all have different days, but if we can't cope then we need to ask for help."

McCall took inspiration for the shoot from TV show Futurama.

"One of my favourite characters is Zapp Brannigan, who wears a short costume with white boots, and I was thinking we need to see their legs and get their personalities across and that's when I thought of modelling it on Zapp," he said.

The calendar will sell online at www.walkinmyshoes.ie and in Fitzpatrick's Shoes in Grafton Street for €12, with all funds raised going to Walk in My Shoes.

hnews@herald.ie


Privacy