I was lucky enough to grow up in a household that loved their food. I suppose some of the food we ate was not part of the normal diet of our time, I think Avocados were only available from smugglers in the 70’s. Both my parents were adventurous cooks and were really quite talented. Most of the meals we had though were the same staples everyone else was eating but maybe cooked with a little more flair or a great sauce.
I started cooking early, everyone in our house did. Garlic chopping, onion slicing and lemon zesting were essential skills to be learned from a young age. As was pouring a drink for the Chef, Keith Floyd we owe you much. There are of course philosophies in everything and mine in food is that it is a precious resource and should be treated with respect. The amount of work that goes into producing a fabulous piece of meat or a beautiful fruit or vegetable is enormous. The cooking or preparing is really the easy bit or definitely the quickest. It’s also the part where the biggest mistakes are made, 10 degrees and the meat is over, 10 degrees and the fish is for the bin. Most cooking is a discipline and at its highest form I do think it is an Art. Basically, I think everything should be cooked thoughtfully, when to stop is the most important lesson learned.
An Irish Chef with 20 years of experience
I have worked in food for many years and have cooked everywhere from mobile kitchens on film sets to some of the most beautiful Country Houses and Castles in Ireland. I have worked in production kitchens, producing Gold Taste Award winners and high end restaurants. I have traveled the length and breadth of the country catering for weddings, birthdays and cosy little get togethers. I have cooked at many of the biggest, most glamorous events in Ireland. We have filmed 150 recipes with the BBC film crew and Gary Rhodes… We have cooked weddings from 60 to 400, BBQs for 1000+ and about 5000 dishes at the Taste of Dublin festival for Town Bar and Grill. I have also had the great honour of preparing foods for Bastille day 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 at the French Ambassador’s residence, sponsored by Odaios foods. In 2016, we started to collaborate with FACTS (an Irish brand based in Dublin). They create short entertaining videos for YouTube and Facebook with a focus on international dishes and food trends.
This ‘about me page’ seems like such an awkward thing to write. For a more down to Earth discussion of what it is we do and what we may be able to do for you, please give me a call. Bring the restaurant home!