Chef Profile April 2020: Steven Holmes, head chef at the Causeway Hotel

Chef Profile April 2020: Steven Holmes, head chef at the Causeway Hotel

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? My mum is a chef so I have been cooking and working in catering since I was about 15 years old. I have always been interested in food and cooking. I grew up trying new food and having amazing food cooked for us... View Article

Chef Profile March 2020: Daniel Harvey, head chef at Havana Bank Sq & The Sagart, Belfast

Chef Profile March 2020: Daniel Harvey, head chef at Havana Bank Sq & The Sagart, Belfast

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? I started to get into cooking at the age of 19 after deciding that I wanted to take a year out of university, where I was studying Economics and Finance. I sort of knew that that wasn’t the career for me at the... View Article

Chef Profile February 2020: Nigel Mannion, executive chef at Titanic Hotel Belfast

Chef Profile February 2020: Nigel Mannion, executive chef at Titanic Hotel Belfast

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? My interest in cooking was instilled in me at the age of 15. My aunt got me a summer job working in the kitchen in Gulliver’s Restaurant, Sligo. I discovered a love for creating new dishes and the excitement of working in a... View Article

Chef Profile January 2020: Mark Winter, sous chef, Catalina Restaurant at the Lough Erne Resort

Chef Profile January 2020: Mark Winter, sous chef, Catalina Restaurant at the Lough Erne Resort

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? I’ve always wanted to be a chef. I was brought up around food my whole life from my grandmother to my mother who both loved to cook. This really gave me the inspiration to cook with passion and love. HAVE YOU ANY CULINARY... View Article

Chef Profile December 2019: Michael McKnight, head chef of Millbrook Lodge Hotel

Chef Profile December 2019: Michael McKnight, head chef of Millbrook Lodge Hotel

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? My mum inspired me to become a chef. We were always in the kitchen cooking together. The best meals always come from your mum. HAVE YOU ANY CULINARY QUALIFICATIONS? I have NVQ levels 1, 2 and 3 in hospitality and catering. I went... View Article

Chef Profile October 2019: John Whyte, head chef at Armagh City Hotel

Chef Profile October 2019: John Whyte, head chef at Armagh City Hotel

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? I started cooking with my mum at home. She was also a cook and made meals every day in a local special needs school for children. I loved helping her make scones, breads, buns, apple pies, puddings, Sunday roasts and stews. All these... View Article

Chef Profile September 2019: Kyle Greer, executive head chef at Hastings Europa Hotel

Chef Profile September 2019: Kyle Greer, executive head chef at Hastings Europa Hotel

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? I worked part-time in a hotel in Antrim while at school. I loved my job and found myself wanting to learn more and more. At the weekends when I was on breakfast, I would try to cook random things that the boys could... View Article

Chef Profile August 2019: Chris Rees, head chef of The River Room at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort

Chef Profile August 2019: Chris Rees, head chef of The River Room at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? I started cooking when I was about 15 when I worked as a kitchen porter. I always loved ‘messing about’ in the kitchen as a teenager and grew up trying out lots of recipes – I gave everything a go. I started in... View Article

Chef Profile Summer 2019: Dean Coppard, head chef of the Bachus Group’s Sweet Afton Bar & Kitchen

Chef Profile Summer 2019: Dean Coppard, head chef of the Bachus Group’s Sweet Afton Bar & Kitchen

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? I grew up in North Queensland, Australia. My mother is English and comes from Jersey Island and my father is an Australian. So, in my younger years, I was exposed to a diverse range of food. As we lived so close to the... View Article

Chef Profile May 2019: Matthew McKinley, group executive development chef, Mount Charles

Chef Profile May 2019: Matthew McKinley, group executive development chef, Mount Charles

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? As soon as I could stand up on a chair to reach the kitchen counter, I was helping my mum, who was a fantastic baker. Of course, by helping I mean licking spoons and spatulas. I loved everything to do with baking and... View Article