Ready, Set, Bake! Ireland’s Hottest Pastry Chefs Right Now

Desserts hold a special place in our hearts here in TheTaste so it is only right that we delve a little deeper into the background of a host of Ireland’s most prolific pastry Chefs. That rich, satisfying, scrumptiously sinful delight that we await patiently at the end of our meal is by no means an after thought and deserves a little recognition all of its own. Have a read of some of our favourites below.

Darren Hogarty, Chapter One

You will find Darren Hogarty in the kitchen of Michelin starred Chapter One in Dublin. The head pastry chef creates some of the most spectacular desserts around and his mille-feuille is legendary at this point. Named as Food and Wine’s pastry chef of the year 2017 Darren is going from strength to strength and is most certainly one of the countries most talented chefs.

Paula Stakelum, Ashford Castle

Filling the role as executive head pastry chef at Ashford Castle is Paula Stakelum. This extremely talented young lady consistently creates inventive dishes at the five-star hotel. Paula also represented Ireland at the final of the Valrhona C3 championships in New York in 2018. The desserts Paula creates match the five-star surroundings of Ashford Castle and are something we should all have the pleasure to savour.

Paula Hannigan, Cliff House Hotel

From Waterford Castle to Ashford Castle this girl has racked up serious culinary stripes. Having previously worked in the Cliffhouse Hotel Paula is back here again dishing up pretty pastries that have the wow factor. Her Twitter timeline is filled with colourful creations from the restaurants incredible Mignardises trolley.

Julie Reardon, The Flour Artist

Specialising in bespoke celebration cakes Julie is the woman behind The Flour Artist, and is currently taking the reigns as head chef at Fodder. Each of her delicious cake creations looks almost too gorgeous to eat. Armed with a BA in Culinary Arts and spending time perfecting her pastry in The Pigeon House and Forest Avenue she is renowned for her natural cakes featuring brilliant buttercream, fresh flowers and seasonal fruits. Julie is passionate about using free range eggs and fresh produce to create her uber Instagramable cakes.

JR Ryall, Ballymaloe

You will find head pastry chefJR Ryall taking up the reins at Ballymaloe House. Ballymaloe is known as one of Ireland’s gems, offering guests a warm Irish welcome and fine food. Recently Ballymaloe was awarded ‘Trolley of the Year’ at the World Restaurant Awards. Keeping the memory of Myrtle Allen alive JR has evolved this sweet treat trolly into something spectacular, using local seasonal produce and showcasing the best of Cork’s ingredients.

Paul Kelly, The Merrion

Paul Kelly’s name is synonymous with pastry. The executive pastry chef at The Merrion has countless years of experience in the field and continually surprises us with superb creations featured in the famed Art Tea at The Merrion. Inspired by the artwork in the hotel Paul designs unique desserts and sweet treats that are artworks of their very own. Cacao Barry Ambassador to Ireland and judge on The Great Irish Bake Off Paul is constantly upping his pastry game and impressing us all.


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