Celeb chef Millar dies in car crash

Celebrity chef Robbie Millar died today when his sports car was involved in an accident.

Police said the restaurateur’s Maserati left the Ballysallagh Road near the Craigantlet crossroads in Co Down at 3am.

Hollywood native Mr Millar, 38, owned the Michelin-starred Shanks restaurant in Bangor. No other vehicle was involved in last night’s incident.

The stretch of road was closed by police for a number of hours.

Shanks Restaurant, which opened in 1994, is owned and run by Mr Millar and his wife Shirley.Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall and singer Brian Kennedy have all frequented the premises, which were designed by Terence Conran.

A spokesman for the business said today that Mrs Millar and her staff would not be making any comment on the tragedy.

After leaving catering college in the North, Millar won a one-year scholarship to a Swiss hotel. Following a later stint in Greece, he took jobs at a number of London hotels.

In the early 1990s Millar returned to Belfast to work for Paul Rankin at his new Roscoff restaurant.

He was subsequently invited by Lady Dufferin of the Clandeboye Estate to open his first restaurant in the Blackwood golf club in the grounds.

Shanks is known for its modern European cuisine using local produce, including fresh venison from the surrounding Estate’s deer herd.

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