An introduction to our Chef Patron, Richard Corrigan. His career spans over thirty years and multiple countries, beginning in Ireland and leading to eight venues across London and Ireland.
Richard is undoubtedly one of this country's most established and well-known Irish chefs.
He has opened numerous restaurants, gained Michelin stars, authored two recipe books, cooked for the Queen and Barack Obama, and regularly makes appearances on radio and television, notably winning the Great British Menu three times and being a regular guest judge on the popular BBC series.
Richard runs Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill off Piccadilly, Corrigan's Mayfair, Daffodil Mulligan, Gibney's London, as well as Virginia Park Lodge in Co. Cavan, Ireland and most recently opened, The Portrait Restaurant atop The National Portrait Gallery.
A farmer's son, Richard began his teenage career in the kitchens and has cooked all his life. He fervently supports British and Irish produce and small independent suppliers. Richard's chefs only use wild game and wild sustainable fish, and produce such as butter, cheese and charcuterie are primarily sourced from family-run, independent businesses in Britain and Ireland. Bread is baked daily in the restaurant's bakeries (also available at Fortnum & Mason), and salmon is smoked on Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill's rooftop. In short, everything, where possible, is made from scratch in-house.
Richard is well known for his generous hospitality and for celebrating seasonal events such as St Patrick's Day, Game Season and the return of Native Oysters in September. Since Virginia Park Lodge's acquisition in 2014, Richard has devoted much of his time to restoring the estate to its former glory, growing seasonal produce for his restaurants and making the 100-acre property as self-sufficient as possible. Almost everything is recycled on-site.