Book review: Sarah Gilmartin dishes up a darkly addictive tale of food, celebrity and rape

Service begins as a delicious, scandalous glimpse behind the veil of a famous chef’s ego and talent, but becomes something much more sinister

Author Sarah Gilmartin: skewers some of the issues with our justice system. Picture: Mark Stedman

Celebrity chef Daniel Costello is on trial for raping a former waitress at his high-end city centre restaurant. A self-made man, Daniel’s success in the kitchen has made him a household name. It’s also bought the working-class-boy-done-good a huge house in the south Dublin enclave of Dalkey, where he lives with his wife, two sons, and the press photographers now camped outside his gates.

Thurles native Hannah Blake worked for Daniel for one summer while ...