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Follow the Flavour – 12 Chefs in Ireland You Need to Follow on Social Media

Thanks to social media we have now constant access to the real-time musings of chefs all across Ireland.

280 characters at a time, or square by square on Instagram, those who devote their lives to food fill in the gaps between our visits to their restaurants not only with a generous serving of new dishes in the works and the provenance of ingredients they source, but also a sprinkling of the banter in the kitchen and a portion of their views on industry issues.

At the same time as the line between chef and de facto celebrity continues to blur, thanks to their increasing visibility on TV and across various social media platforms, chefs views are growing in relevance.

Food is political topic after all. There are few topics that influence our communities, our health, and our societal values quite as much. More and more we are seeing chefs stepping up to bring important issues to our attention.

So, we’ve gathered up a list of our favorite chefs across Ireland to follow on Twitter and Instagram, if you’re not yet following all of them, get on it.

Tweet us @thetaste_ie using #FollowtheFlavour to let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorites.

JP McMahon
Closing in on 50,000 tweets, it’s safe to say that JP McMahon is one of the most active Irish chefs on Twitter. As well as sharing behind the scenes action from his three Galway restaurants, he uses Twitter, as well as Facebook and Instagram, as a platform to champion and change Irish food culture, document his travels to kitchens all over the world, and promote his international chef symposium, Food on the Edge.

Follow JP on Twitter @mistereatgalway and Instagram @mistereatgalway

Mickael Viljanen
While a visit to Dublin’s Michelin starred The Greenhouse might be a rare treat, by following head chef Mickael Viljanen on Instagram, where he shares most often, you’ll get almost daily insights into the fascinating creative process behind each dish and a sneak peek at new menu additions. Give him a follow and you might find the gaps between those rare trips becoming smaller as a result…

Follow Mickael on Twitter @stove28 and Instagram @stove28

Aoife Noonan
One of the most sought after Pastry chefs in Ireland, rising star Aoife Noonan has gone from Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud to Luna and is currently settled in Glovers Alley. What has remained consistent, however, is the intricacy and innovation of her pastry work which she documents frequently on social. Keep an eye on her Insta stories to follow her dining around Dublin too.

Follow Aoife on Twitter @AoifeNoonan_ and Instagram @aoifenoonan_

Martin Kajuiter

Martin Kajuiter may call himself ‘just a simple chef’ on his Twitter bio but the exacting work of the Executive Chef of the Cliff Hotel group, as evidenced by the twitpics he shares of dishes on social media, is anything but. He’s not afraid to state his opinions either, and we salute him for that.

Follow Martin on Twitter @Kajuiter and Instagram @chef_kajuiter

Oliver Dunne 
A regular chef contributor on various TV and radio shows, you can keep up to date with the goings on of serial restaurateur Oliver Dunne on Twitter in particular, where he isn’t shy of speaking about forwarding the issues affecting chefs and restaurant owners in Ireland.

Follow Oliver on Twitter @OliverDunne and Instagram @oliverdunne

Hilary O’Hagan Brennan
The chef that breaks down what exactly goes into our food on RTE’s What Are You Eating, Hilary O’Hagan Brennan’s social media feed is a colourful illustration of her work and life. From her role as a founding member of Athrú and executive chef of 3fe and Five Points, to what wine and cookbooks she’s loving and the creative dishes she whips up in minutes at home after a long day at work.

Follow Hilary on Twitter @blascatering and Instagram @blascatering

Gareth Mullins

Through social media Gareth Mullins shares with us the inner workings of the kitchens operating inside the five star Marker Hotel, actively champions the causes of Chef’s Network and Eurotoques, and brings us behind the scenes during his regular TV3 Six O’Clock show appearances.

Follow Gareth on Twitter @garmullins and Instagram @garmullins

Darren Hogarty

From perfecting the simplicity of organic malt sourdough to experimenting with yuzu and Guinness, Head pastry chef Darren Hogarty takes us behind the pass and into the cool marble-topped counters of the pastry section in Michelin starred restaurant Chapter One.

Follow Darren on Twitter @StanPastry and Instagram @stanpastry

Takashi Miyazaki
Grab a pair of shades before you click through to Cork-based Japanese chef Miyazaki’s social media feed, then indulge in an exploration of the fascinating flow of alien and exotic dishes and ingredients he creates at his eponymous restaurant, Miyazaki, and its new fine dining sister restaurant Ichigo.

Follow Takashi on Twitter @miyazakicork and Instagram @miyazaki_cork

Bryan McCarthy

The chef behind two of Cork’s most innovative new openings, Cask and Bao Bai, as well as the consistently great Greene’s restaurant, Bryan McCarthy uses social media to showcase his many iterations of Irish food, from fast food to fine dining, and to actively engage with and support other members of the Irish food community.

Follow Bryan on Twitter @newfoodie2012 and Instagram @newfoodie2012

Kevin Thornton
Just as he has invited home cooks hungry to expand their repertoire into his own kitchen with his new venture KOOKS, through social media, one of Ireland’s most esteemed chefs Kevin Thornton invites you along as he continues his explorations of the globe and adventures in food.

Follow Kevin on Twitter @Kevinthornton5 and Instagram @kevinthornton5

Paul Flynn
Paul Flynn serves up an engaging and entertaining mix of food and wit from his base in Waterford, The Tannery. On Twitter Paul has been known to share the secret to his Sunday roast duck tweet by tweet, while on Instagram it’s all about from slow cooked veal pie to Irish cream semifreddo.

Follow Paul on Twitter @paulflynnchef and Instagram @paulflynnchef


erica-brackenErica grew up with a baker and confectioner for a father and a mother with an instinct and love for good food. It is little wonder then that, after completing a law degree, she went on to do a Masters in Food Business at UCC. With a consuming passion for all things food, nutrition and wellness, working with TheTaste is a perfect fit for Erica; allowing her to learn and experience every aspect of the food world meeting its characters and influencers along the way.

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