The shape I'm in: Adrian Martin, chef

Chef Adrian Martin says that the reason why he’s so skinny is that he cooks everything himself from scratch.

The shape I'm in: Adrian Martin, chef

CHEF Adrian Martin is a young man going places — fast.

“If I want to do something I’ll want to do it yesterday. When I have something in my mind that I want to do or achieve — I ‘ll always try to do it in the quickest way possible.”

With a drainpipe body topped by a mop of titian hair, you could easily take him for an 18-year-old. He is in fact 25 with a lot to show for his years.

He started aged 14 with top chef Neven Maguire at the famed MacNean Restaurant in Co Cavan, working after school at weekends and during school holidays.

”I didn’t do a very good Leaving Cert — I just knew exactly what I wanted to do,” he says.

To his surprise, he went on to get a BA in culinary arts.

“I never thought I’d get a degree in my life.”

The amiable Cavan man soon found himself in demand nationwide, giving demos and making school visits.

But the zig-zagging across the country caught up with him — “I nearly burnt myself out from all the travelling.”

He refocused, deciding to concentrate on Dublin where most of his work was coming from.

He is now a regular feature on TV3’s Seven O’Clock Show and is currently filming Chef Adrian Eats Ireland for RTÉ Player.

There is also a new book in the offing: Fakeaway, Fast Food Made Healthy due to be published on June 27.

It’s all about finding your element, he says.

“People express themselves in different ways — I’ll cook something and I’ll get into this zone when I cook. I might stutter when I’m being interviewed but once I’m talking about food it just flows. It’s just a zone I get into, a power that takes over.”

* Chef Adrian is an ambassador for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s 65 Roses Day appeal taking place on Thursday, April 13.

www.65rosesday.ie

What shape are you in?

I’m in reasonable enough shape. When I get time, I go out for a jog or a run. I’ll maybe go one day this week but if the week is quiet I might go out three times for a run. It just clears your head.

What are your healthiest eating habits?

The reason why I’m so skinny is that I cook everything myself from scratch.

I’ll buy the best of the best ingredients — the best of butter, full-fat milk.

I’ll buy my steak from the local butcher and I’ll cook it with the fat on. I’ve never been able to put on weight because of it.

I love trying different kinds of meats — I like my steak, I like chicken. I like all the regular food I was brought up on.

I’m the complete opposite to a vegetarian.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

I love eating out in different restaurants and trying different foods.

The best meal of my life was in Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road in London. It came out of our [MacNean Restaurant] tips at the time.

What would keep you awake at night?

Work.

How do you relax?

A walk on the beach in Enniscrone every weekend.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

My girlfriend Fiona Coyne. Next, Tom DeLonge the lead singer of Blink-182 — I’d an obsession with the band as a kid. Then I’d love to challenge myself and cook for Gordon Ramsey.

Another chef I idolised growing up was Richard Corrigan. I met him once but I couldn’t speak. I’d love to cook for President Michael D Higgins as well.

What’s your favourite smell?

Sauteed onions and garlic. My favourite cologne would be Hugo Boss and I also like the one by Hollister.

What would you change about your appearance?

My teeth — I’ve always wanted to have perfect teeth. I’ve thought about having braces.

When did you last cry?

When my uncle passed away last August due to suicide. It was such a shock for everyone. I had to carry the coffin with the rest of the family members.

What traits do you least like in others?

I like to treat everyone the exact same no matter who they are or what way they look. I don’t like when people think they are too good to talk to others.

What traits do you least like about yourself?

I have no patience at all. I have to be 15 minutes early for everything. If I’m going somewhere and if someone is coming with me I’ll be rushing them on.

Do you pray?

Very rarely. I can’t remember the last time.

What would cheer up your day?

I love it when someone cooks for me.

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