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Watch: Fragrant Slow Roast Leg of Lamb Recipe by Neven Maguire

This Fragrant Slow Roast Leg of Lamb Recipe by Neven Maguire was first featured on Neven’s Home Chef Christmas Special on RTE One, as part of a thoroughly traditional Christmas feast.

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Neven began cooking at 12 years of age alongside his mother, Vera, in the kitchen of the MacNean House and Restaurant (then known as the MacNean Bistro), which was originally run by his parents in Blacklion. In 1992, he studied catering in Fermanagh College, Enniskillen, and won the prestigious Student of the Year Award. Even then his vision was clear – to share his passion for good food with diners who appreciated quality, imagination and the best of Irish produce.

While in his 20s, Neven was named Eurotoques ‘Young Chef of the Year 1999’, won numerous ‘Chef of the Year Awards’ and represented Ireland in the ‘Bocuse d’Or World Cuisine Competition’ in Lyon, France. Later that same year, he was presented with a special Gold Medal Award by Charles, Prince of Wales, in London’s House of Commons for high achievement in his career. He has been winning awards ever since and was most recently inducted into prestigious Food & Wine Magazine Awards 2015 ‘Hall of Fame’ for his years of commitment and dedication to the Irish food industry…

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