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Irish UFC star to open branch of healthy food outlet Chopped

Cathal Pendred is moving into the world of healthy food with Chopped
Cathal Pendred is moving into the world of healthy food with Chopped

Irish UFC star Cathal Pendred is branching out into business as it was announced today the fighter is set to open a franchise of health food cafe and takeaway Chopped.

The welterweight, who fights out of SBG, the same gym as Conor McGregor, has a 17-4 career record in MMA and he has always been a strong advocate of healthy eating.

Now he is putting his money where his mouth is as he becomes the first Chopped franchisee.

Chopped opened their first shop on Baggot Street in 2012 and they now have three outlets across Dublin, employing 66 people.

Now they are looking to start opening franchises and Brian Lee, co-founder and co-owner of Chopped was thrilled to have Pendred on board: “We’re looking forward to the next stage of the Chopped story. Having Cathal on board as our first official franchisee is a big endorsement for the future potential for Chopped. We’re passionate about our product and Cathal is too. Ireland is in the middle of a healthy food revolution and Chopped has been at the forefront of this revolution since we opened our first store in 2012. We have a genuine passion for creating great tasting meals that are healthy, delicious and fresh. We’ve seen our business grow massively over the past three years and now we want franchisees to join us to take Chopped to the next level across Ireland.”
Brian continued: “Setting up a Chopped will be simple and straightforward. We’ve done all the hard work to make sure franchisees can hit the ground running. We’ll provide training and advice at every step of the process to ensure the success of a franchise. With the experience and guidance of our management team and trainers franchisees can build a strong revenue stream, creating further opportunities for growth with our proven business model.”

The UFC star is currently on the hunt for a suitable premises in the Dublin area to open his €150,000 venture. 

Visit to find out more or email [email protected] to register your interest in attending the Chopped Franchise Discovery Morning on November 24th at 13-15 Main St, Fairview, Dublin 3.