Richard Corrigan is the most established and well-known Irish chef we have in the country.
He has opened numerous restaurants, gained Michelin stars, is the author of two recipe books, cooked for the Queen and Barack Obama, and regularly makes appearances on radio and television; notably winning Great British Menu three times. Richard runs Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill off Piccadilly, Corrigan’s Mayfair, Dickies Bar, and Virginia Park Lodge in Co Cavan, Ireland, a beautiful country lodge acquired in 2014 suitable for rural retreats, leisure pursuits and weddings.
Richard has cooked all his life and he is a vehement supporter of British and Irish produce and small independent suppliers. Richard’s chefs only use wild game, wild sustainable fish, and produce such as butter, cheese and charcuterie is sourced from mostly from family run independent businesses in the Britain and Ireland. Bread is made in the restaurants bakeries and salmon is smoked on Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill rooftop; in short everything where possible is made from scratch in-house.
In 2005, Richard bought and refurbished the historical Bentley’s, established in 1916, and celebrated its centenary in 2016. Bentley’s is one of London’s most famous oyster bar and seafood restaurants, with legendary clients including Charlie Chaplin and Oscar Wilde. In 2009, Richard opened Corrigan’s Mayfair. Within three months the restaurant was awarded London Restaurant of the Year by the Evening Standard and three AA Rosettes. Later that year the restaurant won ‘AA London Restaurant of the Year’ and gained one of the highest new entries in the National Restaurant Awards at number five. Recently Corrigan’s Mayfair ‘Game Pie’ won the 2015 Tatler Award’s Best Dish Award, and in Dec 2015 was awarded the Hot Dinners ‘Best Fine Dining Experience’. In 2016, Richard also launched Dickie’s Bar at Corrigan’s Mayfair.