Cian Kinsella is one half of the comedy acrobatic duo Lords of Strut. Their new show ‘Contain-A-Rave’ made its debut at the Tiger Dublin Fringe from 11 to 13 September and was a huge success. They started as street performers in Europe, Australia and Canada. An experience that led them to win the Street Perfomance World Championship in 2013.
My first food memory?
I used to eat everything my mother ate (she ate well) until I went to school and learned to be a fussy eater from other kids. The treat I used to love as a young kid was Rivita, butter, peanut butter and cottage cheese!
Best local area for restaurants?
I don’t eat out locally much, when I’m lucky enough to be home that’s where I eat.
Most recent enjoyable dining experience?
A new restaurant in Edinburgh at Checkpoint. It’s really hard to eat well on tour and when I find somewhere good I go back, (charred baby gem, shaved fennel and parmesan! YES).
Favourite celebrity Chef?
Darina Allen, we had all her cook books when I was growing up and still lots of those recipes are used in my family home. And lots of nice simple things like putting Borage flowers in ice cube trays. I grow borage in my garden in Cork for this reason!
Favourite Food TV programme?
Don’t have a T.V, I catch bits of cookery programs in hotels but that’s about it.
The restaurant I would recommend to a visitor to your home city/town?
For vegetarians I would send them to Cafe Paradiso, really excellent fine dining restaurant. I have two of Dennis Cotters cook books. For lunch on the go I’d send them to Rocket Man, for sit down lunch the Opera house restaurant has an interesting and really fresh menu that is probably the best value food in town.
Restaurant/café hidden gem?
My favourite all-rounder in Cork is Gulped. I’m often there cause there are shows on and then I might stay because they have nice beers, live DJ’s and music. It is the most consistent alternative music venue with really good food during the day. It’s one of the few places you could go in the morning and stay till night.
It used to by SIX on Bridge Street. It was good for food, having a quiet drink and dancing. I like a bar that has the possibility of dancing and there are not enough of those.
Favourite for weekend brunch?
I’m glad I got the chance to mention it. IYER’S (Cork). I would go there anytime but it seems to be weekend lunch that I end up there. Really authentic Indian food with one of my favourites, the Masala Dosa. The food there is really prepared with time and care and it is delicate and delicious.
Favourite healthy meal?
Greens from my garden, no matter what time of year there is always something green to eat from the garden. Right now from the garden I would have a big pile of runner beans with some olive oil, chili and garlic and maybe some leaves and I’ll eat loads just like that.
My guilty pleasure?
Chocolate, custard, particularly those Portuguese custard tarts or the French slow baked custard called Canelé. I have quite a sweet tooth but I don’t stop eating easily. I have to drag myself away from food when it’s good. I don’t waste my time on crap food. Why would I only have a certain amount of meals in my life they should be good ones.
The meal I make to impress my friends?
I make it up each time. I tend to have more go-to ingredients than recipes. I always try to have chickpeas, and tinned fish, mix those with any fresh vegetables and you have a fast meal. That’s often what impresses because before they have sat down there is a tasty meal in front of them.
Favourite food brand?
I almost always buy De Ceco pasta. When I can I buy Glenilen dairy and Cork Coffee roasters coffee.
If I owned a restaurant I would name it?
Maybe my family name, or something silly like “Spinning Plates”, a circus reference. Or something weird like “Burnt Fingers”.
Learn more about Lords of Strut, and their upcoming tour dates, here.