‘Personal challenges’ blamed for the demise
NORTHERN Ireland chef Danny Millar has declared himself bankrupt following a year of ‘personal challenges.’
The 44 year-old chef, who made regular appearances on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and a finalist on BBC’s Great British Menu in 2011, co-owns three top restaurants in Co Down, under Balloo Inns Ltd.
“I deeply regret that personal challenges over the last year has resulted in these proceedings,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.
Millar is listed in bankruptcy notices as having filed a debtor’s petition. This means he has declared himself bankrupt rather than waiting for a creditor to file a petition against him.
He he has resigned as a co-director from Balloo Inns Ltd that runs The Parson’s Nose, Hillsborough; Balloo House, Killinchy; and The Poacher’s Pocket in Lisbane. Millar was a minority shareholder.
Two other directors of Balloo Inns Ltd – Ronan and Jennifer Sweeney – now fully own the three restaurants and have assured that all will remain open.
Millar will also stay on in his position as executive chef of the restaurants.
The nature of Mr Millar’s personal debts is not clear.
In a statement, Balloo Inns said Millar’s role as executive chef was unchanged. It said that Millar is committed to honouring the full terms of the bankruptcy proceedings and his responsibilities to creditors and has the full support of the team at Balloo Inns during this challenging time.