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Neven Maguire’s Right Hand Woman – Carmel McGirr, MacNean’s New Head Chef

Carmel McGirr has taken over as Head Chef at Neven Maguire’s MacNean House in Blacklion as previous captain of over 15 years, Glen Wheeler, moved on to open his own restaurant, 28 Darling Street, in Enniskillen. Carmel is a native of Fermanagh herself and has been a part of the team in MacNean House on-and-off …

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Adare Manor’s Magic Mike – The Oak Room Head Chef Mike Tweedie

The revamp of Adare Manor has been one of the most talked-about and highly-anticipated hotel re-openings recently. Their fine dining restaurant, The Oak Room, is already a big hit with guests and the head chef, Mike Tweedie, has been impressing everyone on the plate and with his newfound Irish charm. “I can’t say enough about …

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Changes Are Afoot at Malone Lodge Hotel Thanks to New Head Chef Michael Irvine

There are big changes happening in the kitchens at Malone Lodge Hotel’s Knife & Fork restaurant, and many of these changes come down to the new head chef, Michael Irvine. Michael, who has previously worked at the Hilton Hotel Belfast, Tedford’s restaurant, Flame restaurant and the Four Winds, now calls Malone Lodge Hotel home. A …

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The 6 Dishes That Made My Career – Chef Gareth Mullins Shares His Most Memorable Meals

It’s mid afternoon on a hazy Autumn day in Dublin, I’m sitting in the lobby of the Marker Hotel on Grand Canal square ten minutes early for an interview with Executive Chef Gareth Mullins, but luckily within the lively lounge area there’s plenty to keep me occupied, with people watching opportunities abound. Tech types lined …

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Marcin Ceglarz

The Secrets of Seafood – A Talk With Marcin Ceglarz, Head Chef at Anglers Rest in Dublin

Sitting in the corner of a restaurant kitchen in Poland, a young boy diligently works on his homework while his mother cooks dinner, both for him and the patrons in her restaurant. Flash forward a number of years and Marcin Ceglarz has moved to Ireland and is working his way through a number of Irish …

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The Magic Behind Mark’s Tavern – Chef Mark Bodie of Dylan Hotel

“There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern”, wrote Samuel Johnson, and Tavern Restaurant at dylan Hotel, with its whimsical desserts and stylish surroundings, has been the backdrop for many a happy memory. This is particularly true for head chef Mark …

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The Frenchman Championing Fantastic Irish Produce – Chef Philippe Farineau of Ashford Castle

The George V dining room is quite literally an Irish culinary destination fit for royalty. Ashford Castle’s grand gastronomic arena was constructed specially for the 1905 visit of the then Prince of Wales, who went on to become the Monarch after whom it is named. Ashford Castle, named Global Winner for Grand Luxury Hotel of …

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Knocking it Out of the Park – Chef Heiko Reibandt of the Killarney Park Hotel

From Relais & Chateaux gems to one of the Leading Hotels of the World, chef Heiko Riebandt is no stranger to opulent surroundings and being tasked with creating food worthy of being served there. Soft spoken Germanic tones tell of a decorated career throughout the highest of the high end properties in Europe, including the …

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Paul Rankin

Paul Rankin on TV Chefs, Northern Irish Food and Missing the Kitchen

Paul Rankin is a source of great pride for Northern Ireland, winning NI’s first Michelin Star in 1991 for his then restaurant, Roscoff. But meeting him backstage at the BBC Good Food Show, it’s first time in Northern Ireland in Belfast’s Waterfront, I can’t shake the mental label of TV stalwart from my childhood. I …

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Meet the Team Behind the Star – l’Ecrivain Celebrates 27 Years

Fine dining in Ireland has come a long way over the last three decades. With new eateries opening all the time, standards have been rising consistently and Ireland now has eleven Michelin Star establishments; the most we have ever had at one time. The talent and experience in the best restaurants has inspired generations of …

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Forest & Marcy’s Ciaran Sweeney – The Intersection of Irish Cuisine and Innovation

The Summer of ’69, sings Brian Adams, were the best days of his life. For Ciaran Sweeney, it is the summer of ’16 that will likely be forever etched in his memory. In the space of two weeks, Ciaran acquired the two most important titles of his life – first, that of father to baby …

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Teaching, Tradition & Timeless Elegance at Faithlegg House Hotel with Head Chef Jenny Flynn

If food is a reflection of the chef you won’t be surprised to learn that Jenny Flynn, Head Chef at Faithlegg House Hotel, is a Wexford woman true and true. While her menus reflect the best of local Waterford produce, her native Wexford makes several appearances in the seafood and dessert sections. Embracing the surrounding …

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Michael O’Meara Rules the Waves with Award Winning Book Sea Gastronomy

It’s not every day that a young Irish chef from Galway gets to travel to China to pick up one of the most prestigious awards in culinary publishing. Michael O’Meara is Chef/Patron of Oscar’s Seafood Bistro in Galway which he runs with wife Sinéad and on May 29th he represented Ireland at the World Gourmand …

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The Cuisine Genie Taking Over London – In Conversation with Laoise Casey

Being a chef today is more than just about creating an experience at the table. The power of Instagram and blogging means that a well shot dish and a caption can tantalize taste buds across the globe, sharing that experience with an appreciative community. Sure, we may roll our eyes at the sheer volume of …

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