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'I eat cheese a little too often and a little too much'


Gareth Reid of 4 Vicars

Gareth Reid of 4 Vicars

Gareth Reid of 4 Vicars

The 35-year-old head chef and owner of 4 Vicars restaurant in Armagh lives in Portadown with his wife and business partner, Kasia.

Do you take regular exercise - and if so what?

I try to keep as active as possible and play squash every Wednesday evening. We've set up a little 'gym' at home with an indoor bike and weights that I use to work out. As members of the National Trust, we often go for long walks on days off at their properties. I used to play lots of golf, but with the restaurant it's difficult to find the time. Hopefully I will try and get back to it next year.

What's been the worst illness you have had?

Luckily I have remained pretty healthy so far ... touch wood.

How healthy is your diet?

It's pretty healthy. When I'm at home with my wife Kasia I eat a lot of fish and seafood. Living in an area with lots of great local fresh produce I enjoy eating lots of vegetables and love to spice things up a bit with chillies.

Any bad habits?

My love of cheeses - I probably eat them a little too often and a little too much.

Do you drink and/or smoke - and if so how much?

I don't smoke, but do enjoy a good glass of red wine three or four times a week. I usually drink Rioja and have visited the region quite a lot and toured the bodegas. I am a member of the wine society and buy from James Nicholson in Crossgar as he has an excellent range of good quality wines. That said, I do love a nice cold beer after service at the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night. And a few pints of Guinness go down well in the snug at McConville's Bar in Portadown with a few old friends. Sadly, this doesn't happen as often as it should as everyone is so busy.

Do you take any health supplements?

Not religiously, but if I'm feeling a bit low I would take a Berocca and I have an Actimel every morning... not sure if it does any good but I like the taste.

How do you take time out?

It's difficult with running a restaurant. Even though we close Monday and Tuesday, there's always something that needs done. Every few months we like to book a short hotel break in the west of Ireland or somewhere and get a spa treatment, some nice food and decompress. I do enjoy the cinema, though, especially during the day when it's quiet and I am partial to the nachos.

How well do you sleep?

Unfortunately, since we opened I have been sleeping less and less. I find it quite hard to de-stress and even though I used to sleep like a baby, I'm lucky to get six hours at best. My dad isn't a great sleeper, so I hope it's not genetic.

Do you worry about getting old?

I'm not overly happy about the prospect of getting old, but it's going to happen anyway so I don't worry about it.

What is your go-to product/habit which keeps you feeling healthy?

Enjoying quality time with my family and enjoying what life has to offer here in Northern Ireland.

The award-winning 4 Vicars restaurant in Armagh is open for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday and for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, tel: 028 3752 7772. Gareth is also a member of the Food Heartland Hospitality Forum which is aiming to make the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area Northern Ireland's premier foodie destination.

Belfast Telegraph