Edo Take Ten
30 January 2020
Edo Takes Ten
EDŌ, located on Upper Queen Street brings you a relaxed dining experience where you can enjoy the tastes of the best ingredients from around Europe. EDŌ is among the variety of restaurants in Belfast City Centre participating in Belfast Restaurant Week from 17 – 23 February 2020.
Belfast Restaurant Week sat down with the Chef de Partie, Fionnuala Keenan for a quick fire round of top 10 questions.
Name: Fionnuala Keenan
From: West Belfast
Marital status: Single
What is your earliest memory?
My Earliest memory would be going home from primary school around Easter as I was sick and coming home to a pyramid of Easter eggs on the fireplace. Boy, I wasn’t too sick after seeing all that!
Who is the most important person in your life?
Without a doubt, myself, in the least conceited manner. I want to be to there for my family and everyone in my life, I need to be strong and be that light in their lives. I’m constantly striving to better myself and be more self-caring which in return means I can give more to them!
Shock us- tell us something surprising about yourself?
For someone who has worked in a variety of cafes and fast food outlets selling not the ‘healthiest’ of foods; I love creating meals and pastries in my own time that are gluten free, vegan, and keto-friendly. Calculating macros and nutrients labels for my treats is one of the most rewarding feelings, next to eating them!
What is your greatest fear?
I mean besides the trivial fact I am constantly having an existential crisis within this modern society; my greatest fear is letting anyone that I respect or care about down. My intentions are driven to please and make others happy.
What makes you most happy?
Cooking for others and watching their reaction to my work is the ultimate feeling of joy and pride!
What is your biggest regret?
There aren’t any! As Bob Ross said, “there are no mistakes, just happy accidents!”. However, if being realistic, my biggest regret is probably buying Tassimo’s coffee machine, Nespresso is definitely the way forward!
What’s the most important lesson you have learned in life?
That there are no guidelines to success, there is no time limit on your goals. Enjoy the journey more than the rewards that it reaps.
With regards to my career as a chef the most important lesson is you should definitely pretend that everything you handle is hot. If only I had a penny for every burn!
How do you chill out?
Going out with my friends! I’m off every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, so when we can we head into town and chill out with good food, music and drinks. I’m one of those very few that looks forward to a Monday!
The book, the song, and the film that means the most to you and why?
The book: “The Catcher in the Rye”, the main character Holden put my adolescent turmoil into words that didn’t ease the pain, but understood it. During those tender teenage years sometimes being understood is all you need to push on through!
The Film, “The Emperor’s new Groove”, the art style was so different to other Disney films from my childhood, based on modern-day Peru. The film score was energising and the witty charm of this film is just so special to my childhood. It simply ticks off every element of great cinema!
The song, “Bright Eyes – No lies just Love”, my favourite lyric from this song is, “and I sat watching a flower as it was withering and I was embarrassed by its honesty”. It pushed me towards being open with my emotions and mental health. There is no shame in talking!
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
I wish I wasn’t a workaholic. It’s like constantly working your hardest and never getting to thank yourself. You just keep going because you never know how to stop working.