Chef Interviews

Darryl Haynes of Circa Restaurant

Journeys in Taste Interview with Chef Darryl Haynes of Circa Restaurant

As someone from Star Wars doesn’t say about chef Darryl Haynes: ‘the force is strong in this one.’ Substitute the word ‘force’ with ‘work ethic’, however, and you could easily describe a robust facet of the man whose Dublin restaurant, Circa, recently came to the attention of the Michelin Guide. The Guide got it right …

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Louise Lennox Cuisine de France Collaboration

Coming Full Circle – Chef Louise Lennox on Her Most Memorable Food Moments

Louise Lennox is fast becoming quite the recognisable face on TV and the pastry chef and science lover turned educator is showing no signs of slowing down. But how did her career take off and where did her love of food really begin? Chatting to Louise over the phone, I’m immediately struck by her kindness …

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Chef Mark Proudfoot

From Sydney to Dublin – Head Chef Mark Proudfoot at The Grand Hotel Malahide

From Dublin to Sydney and back again, I recently had a chat with Mark Proudfoot, head chef at the beautifully located Grand Hotel in Malahide. Speaking about his early experiences in the food industry, Mark said: “My involvement in the food industry started off in Cathal Brugha Street, I trained there.” “After that, I headed …

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Executive Head Chef Dean Butler

Dishing up Culinary Delights in The Heart of Belfast – Executive Head Chef Dean Butler

The Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast is located right in the heart of the city centre, close to many of the city’s major attractions, including being next door to the Grand Opera House on Great Victoria Street. Offering 5-star luxury as well as fine dining and a classy atmosphere, this hotel should definitely be on your …

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Head Chef Cormac McCreary

The King at The Falls – Sheen Falls’ Head Chef Cormac McCreary

Sheen Falls Lodge is a stunning 5-star property located just outside the town of Kenmare, Co. Kerry. The perfect base for a bit of relaxation while exploring the Wild Atlantic Way, Sheen Falls Lodge overlooks the picturesque waterfall of the same name. For an experience you won’t soon forget, many visitors often combine their stay …

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Kevin And Carol From Chameleon

The Secrets to Success – Kevin and Carol from Chameleon Restaurant

“People don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes half the time and everybody has a story. You don’t even know what your customers are going through. But when they come in, you greet them, make them feel comfortable and give them a good food experience, and hopefully they come back again. Be personable and …

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Dermott Flynn

Small But Mighty – Dermott Flynn From The Pantry & Corkscrew in Westport

Offering rustic casual dining in the heart of Westport, The Pantry & Corkscrew is run by husband-and-wife team, Dermott Flynn and Janice O’Rourke. The pair opened their restaurant in 2010 and have continued to develop their food offering over the years. A new direction for Dermott, who previously worked as a homeless services manager, he …

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Chef Gavin McDonagh

Chef Gavin McDonagh to Represent Ireland at European Culinary Week 2018 in The Philippines

Chef Gavin McDonagh is no stranger to hard work and his passion for cooking and the food industry has been clearly noted. After opening his first restaurant, Brioche, in Ranelagh in 2012, the popular dining venue was recommended by the Michelin guide within its first year. Deciding to fully immerse himself in the development and …

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Chef Collab

A Seafood Nation – Chef Gareth Smith’s Passion For Fresh Irish Seafood

Changing a nation’s prerogative to seafood, evoking empathy and a connection to the Irish seas that has long been tarnished, Gareth Smith’s passion for seafood has become an advocacy that he won’t give up on. Michael’s of Mount Merrion tops the list of most people’s favourite Dublin restaurants to eat, especially for its bountiful seafood …

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Brown Thomas Cork

Laying The Cards on The Table – Head Chef Eimear Ni Cheilleachair at Table Restaurant in Brown Thomas Cork

Eimear Ni Cheilleachair is the Head Chef at Table Restaurant in Cork’s Brown Thomas store, a role she has held since November 2017. But where did her career begin and how did she reach this point? “I’m from the middle of the countryside in Kerry. All my family are total foodies and meal times were …

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Waterford Harvest Festival

The Bay Tree Bistro’s Keith Boyle on The Importance of Supporting Local

What happens when one Waterford native phones another of a Friday morning? Well, in addition to some nostalgia on my part, a great insight into the mind of one of Ireland’s most passionate chefs, especially when it comes to producers. While there was no talk of delicacies like the famous Waterford Blaa, myself and Chef …

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Ed Cooney

Executive Chef Ed Cooney on The Merrion Hotel’s Newest Dining Experience And The Importance of Seasonal Produce

One of Ireland’s top chefs, Ed Cooney has been crafting culinary delicacies at The Merrion since 1997. The multi-award-winning chef has toured the US numerous times and become a familiar face on tv screens, as well as providing inspiration to chefs that have come after him. For him, there was never any doubt about what …

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Executive Chef Tom Flavin

Championing Irish Produce on The Wild Atlantic Way – Executive Chef Tom Flavin

Executive Chef Tom Flavin has called the Limerick Strand Hotel home for the past number of years. With his extensive experience, he has many memories and highlights to choose from. Chatting to Tom recently, he recalled his initial interest in the food industry, remembering: “I wanted to be a chef from as far back as …

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Meet The Chef Behind Dublin’s Most Anticipated New Opening – Head Chef Nick Lentini at The Ivy Dawson Street

The opening of The Ivy on Dawson Street is one of the most highly anticipated new openings in Dublin. Ahead of the restaurant’s opening, I chatted to their head chef, Nick Lentini, about his career and what visitors can expect when The Ivy opens its doors. Coming from a family that was heavily involved in …

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From Culinary Arts to Owning Their Own Restaurant – Meet The Chefs Behind Peachtree East

Tallaght natives Paul Phillips and Derek Hall studied Culinary Arts together in IT Tallaght. Following their graduation from the course, they eventually realised their dream of opening their own restaurant, Peachtree East. From washing pots in kitchens during the summer months, the pair advanced into chef whites and experienced “the natural progression into commis chef”: …

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Chef Ian Connolly The Legal Eagle Interview

From Nose to Tail And a Move Towards Sustainability – The Legal Eagle’s Chef Ian Connolly

The Woollen Mills, Winding Stair and The Yarn are a trio of Northside venues that attract both tourists and locals alike. When you add the newest opening, The Legal Eagle, into the mix, you’re left with one of Dublin’s most impressive restaurant groups. With trailblazer Elaine Murphy leading the way, the kitchen at these restaurants …

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Chef Peter Byrne

Chef Peter Byrne on ‘The Big One’ and Taking The Helm at One of Dublin’s Best-Loved Restaurants

The stellar list of chefs that Peter Byrne has worked with throughout his career is one that has led to his own rise to the top. Now, as he takes over at the helm of the kitchen of one of Dublin’s most-loved restaurants, Hugo’s on Merrion Row, all eyes are on what happens next. “The …

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Pushing the Boundaries of Pub Food – Executive Head Chef Barry Liscombe of Hartes of Kildare

Re-opened in December 2009 by brother’s in-law, Paul Lenehan and Ronan Kinsella, Hartes of Kildare has placed itself firmly on the map due to its carefully sourced, fresh and sustainable food and drinks. With Executive Head Chef Barry Liscombe at the helm in the kitchen, Hartes of Kildare aims to push the boundaries of “pub …

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