Sunday, 26 April 2009


Edel Burns lives in Carndonagh is a qualified chef and has been working in the catering industry for the last twenty-five years. Originally from Swords, Edel moved to Donegal when she was 19 and has also spent time in Newry, Spain and Scotland, where her fiancé Robert hails from. Edel and her brother run their business supplying schools around the peninsula with packed lunches. They also hire out chocolate fountains for weddings and parties. The hours are long in the careering business but Edel wouldn't have it any other way, as she loves what she does. Edel is also available for catering for special events. For more information call her on 086 865 9708

What music are you listening to at the moment?
I'm listening to Lady Gaga, Poker Face and BelX1. Everyone says that I have a terrible taste in music, but what's wrong with liking pop music that 10 year olds enjoy?

What book are you reading?
I am reading an old Jeremy Clarkson book - The World According to Clarkson…. again. They are mostly articles from his newspaper column… I think he's great

Have you been to the cinema recently, what did you see and was it any good?
I went to see a film called Valkyrie, which is based on actual events about a plot to assassinate Hitler during the height of WWII. I enjoyed the film and though that Tom Cruise was very good playing Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg.

What section of the newspaper do you turn to first?
I am hooked on Suduko so that's the page I always go to. I also have a Suduko book in my bag for the quieter moments in the day…

What would you never throw away?
I am very much a hoarder and I have loads of stuff lying around. I haven't thrown anything away for years and I have boxes that have been sealed up and I don't know what's in them. One day I will have a clear out.

Most embarrassing moment of your life?
Like most of us I would suspect, I have too many to recall.

Favourite TV programme?
It has to be Top Gear with the lads; Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. I also enjoy a good Kerry GAA match if Top Gear isn't on Dave and I will always watch Moto GP… Rossi Rules….

Favourite meal?
Just give me a cheese and tomato sandwich.

What job did you want to do when you were a child?
I had two plans. One was to work in Dublin airport as most people I knew worked there, coming from Swords. I didn't mind what I would do. We used to come to Donegal for holidays and I loved it so wanted to come and live and work here….At least plan worked out...

Where was your best holiday and what made it special?
I spent four great summers in Rannafast Gaeltacht College. There were up to seven hundred of us , a lot of us from Inishowen. It was great fun. I loved it there.

What famous people would you invite around for dinner and why?
The Italian professional motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi for the craic. He is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with 8 Grand Prix World Championships to his name. Clarkson for the controversy and the Kerry GAA team to do the washing up..

What do you do for a special treat?
Hug the television remote control.

Biggest Challenge?
Getting to work at 4am- five days a week.

What was the best present you ever got?
I got hand made thank-you cards from some of the children we supplied lunches to. It was so unexpected and it was better than winning the lotto, we have them pride of place on the walls.

What was the last thing you bought just for yourself?
Wedding shoes. I am getting married to Robert in July, so I have to prepare.

The world's most irritating/most useful invention?
The most useful is the computer- the most irritating has to be a bad can opener. I have a really good battery one and I like it so much people get them as presents.

Favourite past-time?

Which period in history would you most like to have lived through?
The Second World War. There was so much going off. I would have loved to have seen the dogfights.

What do you have for breakfast?
Nothing. I am usually up and running to work. Anyway, who wants breakfast at 3:30 in the morning…

Do you have a favourite cartoon character?
Calvin and Hobbes the comic strip written and illustrated by Bill Watterson is my favourite. It, follows the s antics of Calvin, an imaginative six-year old boy, and Hobbes, his energetic stuffed tiger.

What was your first paid job?
I was a lounge girl in a small hotel in Dublin(waiting tables). I worked Friday-Saturday and sometimes Sundays.

Best/worst household task?
Best: Cooking of course
Worst: Cleaning.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
When we finished college we were told "Now you begin to learn."

Personal philosophy?
It's a long road with no turn….

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