Chefs

Watch Ireland's best chefs cook up a storm!

  • Neven Maguire

    Neven Maguire

    Neven Maguire is Ireland’s best-loved chef. A true culinary star, the restaurateur and media personality is well known for his award-winning MacNean House & Restaurant in Blacklion, Co. Cavan. He has published 12 cookbooks and and a host of successful programmes for RTÉ.

    At the core of Neven’s philosophy is a commitment to using only the finest local seasonal ingredients and he works closely with Bord Bia to promote Quality Assured Irish produce. 

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  • Brian McDermott

    Brian McDermott

    Brian McDermott is an award-winning celebrity chef and author from Co Donegal, as well as chef-proprietor of the newly-restored Foyle Hotel in Moville.  Brian has built a national reputation as a chef on one simple belief – that tasty, healthy food based around traditional recipes and local produce is something everyone should enjoy. Fans of Brian McDermott will already be familiar with that passion for local food and Donegal which has made him a regular on the Irish food festival circuit. Brian is presenter and MC for a number of prestige’s food festivals and events across Ireland. Brian is one of most passionate, genuine and inspiring public speakers who is often a headline guest speaker.

     A regular TV Chef on RTE and has his own slot weekly on BBC Radio and he contributes to many local and national press outlets.  Brian book “Donegal Table“ recently won "Best Cookery Book in the World" at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in China in 2019. Traditional Irish Recipes is the third book launched by Brian in March of this year. Within a year of opening the Foyle Hotel in Moville Brian has been awarded many accolades in Irish Food to include “ Irelands Newcomer of 2019 “ by Georgina Campbell, Irelands Top 100 places to Stay and Eat by Sunday Times and Mc Kenna Guide as well as Lucinda O Sullivan's Top places to Stay in Eat in Ireland for 2019.

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  • Simon Delaney

    Simon Delaney

    Better known to Irish audiences from Bachelor's Walk, Coronation Street and most recently TV3's Saturday AM, Simon Delaney's cookery skills first came to the fore, when he captured the nation's imagination on 'Celebrity Masterchef'.

    The experience awoke a love of food in Simon that led to the publication of his first cook book, 'Simply Simon's, The Diner Cookbook' in 2017.

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  • Gearóid Lynch

    Gearóid Lynch

    Chef Gearóid Lynch and his wife Tara are the proprietors of the award-winning fine-dining restaurant and guesthouse, The Olde Post Inn in Cloverhill, Co Cavan.

    A Fáilte Ireland Food Champion, Gearóid’s love and appreciation of home-grown produce was fostered at a young age on his family farm. He gained his professional experience at Thornton’s and Le Coq Hardi in Dublin, as well as the Michelin-starred Pied à Terre in London, and Lea Linster, Luxembourg. In 2000 Gearóid won the Euro Toques  Young Chef of the Year.

    Diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2013, Gearóid learned everything he could about his condition and re-imagined all the meals denied him; Yorkshire puddings, fish and chips, pasta and pastries, adapted for a gluten-free lifestyle but with no compromise on taste. Gearóid has now shared his experience in his new cookbook, ‘My Gluten-Free Kitchen’.

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  • Shane Smith

    Shane Smith

    'Shane Smith The Today Show RTÉ'

    Master Pastry Chef Shane Smith from Lavey in Co. Cavan is Head Pastry Chef and Head of Product Development at Airfield Estate, Dundrum.

    Shane started working as a chef at the age of 16 and has worked with some of the most talented chefs in Ireland and overseas, where he gained the experience to run many pastry sections in high-end establishments.

    He is also the in-house chef for Coole Swan Irish Liquor, doing recipe research and development & to date has published five cookery books with the company. Shane carries out cookery demos all over the country with some of Ireland's top chefs.

    He appears regularly on Sunday AM on TV3 has also recently featured in the Sunday Business Post, Image Magazine and has a monthly recipe column in Cavan’s Anglo Celt newspaper.

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  • Adrian Martin

    Adrian Martin

    Chef Adrian is a young Irish chef from Cavan who's first cookery book 'Fakeaway' was released this year. Starting at a very young age, he has trained in some of Ireland's most renowned restaurants including Neven Maguire's MacNean House and Bon Appetit.

    Adrian is a regular on TV3's the Six O’Clock Show and has filmed two series for RTÉ Player.

    Chef Adrian works with restaurants and food retailers on menu and product development, travels the country working on food education for primary and secondary schools with regular weekly visits and cookery demos, and regularly hosts cookery demonstrations for charities, clubs, festivals, communities and schools. 

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  • Máire Dufficy

    Máire Dufficy

    Máire Dufficy is a Bord Bia food advisor and well-known TV personality, featuring regularly on TV3's 'Ireland AM'.

    Máire has a wealth of experience in promoting healthy eating and travels the country, providing customers with tasty nutritious recipe ideas and helpful hints on maintaining a balanced diet. Her cookery demonstrations are hugely popular with all age groups.

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  • Jeeny Maltese

    Jeeny Maltese

    Jeeny Maltese is a Latin-American born TV chef and food writer. Regularly Featuring as a celebrity chef on RTE One, on the “Today Show with Maura & Daithi” and Virgin Media One on “The Six O’Clock Show”. A keynote speaker and guest chef in top festivals and events nationwide. Very passionate about good eating and good food, making it accessible and approachable for everyone, through her cooking methods and philosophy. Enamoured with Ireland’s stunning land, top quality food produce and its passionate people.

    TV chef, food writer and co-founder of My Nutrition Ireland, Jeeny Maltese is one busy lady. With live cookery demos, talks and events on her resume. Featuring on top sold out events, like BEO Events nationwide, sharing the stage with Aoibhin Garrihy, Doireann Garrihy, Sile Seoige and many more.

    You can most recently find Jeeny as the food editor of TheTaste.ie. A food writer, reviewing the top and Michelin starred restaurants in the country. She is passionate about all aspects of food and her very own recipes make cooking accessible and approachable for everyone.

    She’s also incredibly supportive of Irish food producers, highlighting them and putting a spotlight on as the real core of Irish food, the very best that the Island has to offer, even some that may not have even been on the radar yet.

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  • Norbert Neylon

    Norbert Neylon

    Norbert Neylon is the Chef proprietor of The Oak Room Restaurant.

    Norbert trained and worked at Dromoland Castle in Co. Clare for three years. He then moved to Dublin to work with Kevin Thornton of the famed Thorntons Restaurant. Kevin Thornton quickly recognised Norbert’s skills and promoted him to Sous Chef of his prestigious restaurant.

    Continuing his career Norbert was voted the Baileys Eurotoque Young Chef of the year in 1997. Norbert decided to leave Dublin and took-up the position as Head Chef at the Dunraven Arms Hotel in Adare County Limerick where he stayed for two years before moving to London.

    In June 2001 Norbert moved to Cavan and opened the Oak Room Restaurant in the Cavan Crystal Heritage centre. Here he ran a very successful restaurant until it was destroyed by fire in November 2003.

    In March 2006 The Oak Room Restaurant located in Cavan Town was launched. 

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  • Daniel Willimont

    Daniel Willimont

    Executive Chef, Farnham Estate Spa & Golf Resort, Daniel Willimont creates dishes that are true to the ingredients, showcasing local artisan producers with menus that change seasonally.

    All Daniels ingredients are sourced carefully from selected local suppliers and the Estate’s own kitchen garden. Daniel will share his vision for local food.

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  • Elena Martinez Otero

    Elena Martinez Otero

    Elena Martinez Otero, from Galicia in the North West of Spain relocated to Ireland in 2012 to work in Ashford Castle as a Pastry Chef. Elena then moved to Dublin to work in The Four Seasons Hotel as Head Pastry Chef and then to With Taste where she created dishes for many of Dublin’s Iconic Events such as The RDS Horse Show and Dublin’s Mansion House. Elena also represented Ireland in at the San Pellegrino young Chef of the year in Harrods in London in 2015. Elena has a flair for cooking her native dishes but using Irish Ingredients. 

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