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Two Award-Winning Chefs Take up Roles in the Kitchen at Lough Eske Castle

Lough Eske Castle recently welcomed two talented new chefs, Armagh born brothers Richard McKee and his brother Andrew to their kitchens. Richard, who assumes the role of Head Chef is highly skilled, having spent years training as a chef in college in Newry and then taking up roles in the likes of Castle Leslie, Lough Erne Resort and Redcastle Hotel.

Richard credits his travels around Asia and Australia as inspiration for his dishes. His food ethos is “minimal wastage, clever utilisation of seasonal produce, as well as health being considered when creating a dish.” He has been decorated with several Rosettes over the years, and his speciality is pastry, crediting his mother for introducing him to the art of wedding cake making when he was a child.

Andrew McKee, who is a year younger than his brother Richard, will assume the role of Sous Chef at Lough Eske Castle. Andrew has worked in well-known institutions such as the Nuremore Hotel, Lough Erne Resort and the Redcastle Hotel. Andrew came second in the British Young Chef of the Year in 2014 and made it to the semi-finals of the National Chef of the Year 2016.

The five star Lough Eske Castle is a place of true Donegal welcome with every aspect of the hotel knitted into the fabric of the people and the area. It is the perfect location for Donegal getaways and Donegal vacations. This castle hotel in Ireland has been meticulously restored to recreate the glamour, style and elegance it had once known combined with all the modern amenities expected of a 5 star Donegal luxury hotel.

The Cedars Grill at Lough Eske offers sweeping views of the castle gardens and surrounding woodland grab your attention and provide a stunning backdrop to your Co. Donegal dining experience. The restaurant is a perfect blend of the style and elegance of a glamorous era and the contemporary influences of design and luxury.

Lough Eske Castle is looking forward to seeing their creativity in the kitchen with an exciting new menu launching this spring.

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