Keeping things fresh: Derry Clarke on his Electric Picnic spot

Keeping things fresh: Derry Clarke on his Electric Picnic spot
Derry Clarke: ‘I wouldn’t say our food is elaborate. I think it’s technical. I think it’s fresh’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

An intensely personal motivation lies behind L’Ecrivain owner Derry Clarke’s upcoming appearance at the Banquet segment of this year’s Electric Picnic

Derry Clarke doesn’t want to hear the word “avocado”. The L’Ecrivain owner and chef doesn’t quite put his head in his hands when the word is mentioned – at 11am, it’s too early for dramatics: he’s a man of late hours rather than mid-mornings. But he does groan at the foodie buzz term.

“These food trends are usually about one ingredient,” he says. “I remember eating avocados in the 1970s. Then...

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