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The Big Interview: 'My job is the best roller coaster ride ever,' says Belfast chef Niall McKenna

Restaurant owner and chef Niall McKenna talks to Emma Deighan about remaining optimistic during the darkest of times

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Chef and restaurateur Niall McKenna

Chef and restaurateur Niall McKenna

Image by Brian Thompson Photogra

Niall McKenna

Niall McKenna

Chef and restaurateur Niall McKenna

Nobody has clue when this will be over or when hospitality will reopen, and if they tell you differently, they're lying," are the sobering words from one of Northern Ireland's most respected chefs and business owners, Niall McKenna.

"We are all talking to each other in hospitality and we're looking to each other, budgeting, covering all bases as much as we can but in the end it's the virus that is calling the shots," he adds.

Niall, who was born and bred in west Belfast, has been instrumental in building a culinary culture in NI through landmark restaurants James Street South and Hadskis.