Chef Profile September 2018: Gary McIldowney, proprietor of Slim’s Healthy Kitchen in Belfast & Magherafelt

Chef Profile September 2018: Gary McIldowney, proprietor of Slim’s Healthy Kitchen in Belfast & Magherafelt

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? I first moved out of home when I turned 21 and had to fend for myself. I gradually moved into eating healthier when I was juggling a day job and DJ-ing at night, which soon led to the opening of Slim’s Healthy Kitchen... View Article

Chef Profile August 2018: Paul Cunningham, head chef at Brunel’s in Newcastle

Chef Profile August 2018: Paul Cunningham, head chef at Brunel’s in Newcastle

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? I first started out in food at a very young age, about six, because my grandad was a keen forager and grew a lot himself. I was there with him all the time and that’s where my love of food came from. My... View Article

Chef Profile Summer 2018: Adam Curley, head chef at Maldron Hotel Belfast City

Chef Profile Summer 2018: Adam Curley, head chef at Maldron Hotel Belfast City

  WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? My mother was a cookery teacher and it was really important to her that all of us kids knew how to look after ourselves and cook independently, so she really sparked my love for cooking. Thanks to her, I was in the... View Article

Chef Profile April 2018: Paul Catterson, head chef and co-owner with his wife Elaine of Tribal Burger on Botanic Avenue in Belfast

Chef Profile April 2018: Paul Catterson, head chef and co-owner with his wife Elaine of Tribal Burger on Botanic Avenue in Belfast

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? In secondary school, I studied home economics. In the 1980s, it was virtually unheard of for lads to take that subject but two mates of mine and I thought it would be a good laugh. Little did I know it would be the... View Article

Chef Profile March 2018: Raymond Moran, head chef and partner of new Derry restaurant Soda and Starch Pantry and Grill

Chef Profile March 2018: Raymond Moran, head chef and partner of new Derry restaurant Soda and Starch Pantry and Grill

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? I was on my way to a large hotel in Cavan to be a waiter when a head chef from a local restaurant in Derry offered me a position as a commis chef in his kitchen, and so it began. After 20 odd... View Article

Chef Profile December 2017: Alex Greene, head chef at michelin-starred Deanes Eipic, Belfast

Chef Profile December 2017: Alex Greene, head chef at michelin-starred Deanes Eipic, Belfast

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? My first job was in a kitchen washing dishes and doing general vegetable preparation and things like that when I was 11. That was in a local restaurant, the Buck’s Head in Dundrum, and then Alison Crothers started bringing me into the kitchen... View Article

Chef Profile November 2017: Adrian McDaid, executive head chef at the Europa Hotel, Belfast

Chef Profile November 2017: Adrian McDaid, executive head chef at the Europa Hotel, Belfast

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING, AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU? I started off at Ballymaclary House in Magilligan aged 14, washing lettuce and doing a bit of dishing. It was always something I knew I wanted to do. We had our own produce at home, as my father had... View Article

Chef Profile October 2017: Dermot Regan, executive head chef at Deli on the Green, Dungannon

Chef Profile October 2017: Dermot Regan, executive head chef at Deli on the Green, Dungannon

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING, AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU? I first got into cooking when I was 16, 17, and that’s a long time ago now. It was home cooking really from my parents, and getting into industry and I enjoyed it. I’d already been working in the... View Article

Chef Profile September 2017: Iain McIntyre, head chef at The Dunsilly Hotel

Chef Profile September 2017: Iain McIntyre, head chef at The Dunsilly Hotel

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING, AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU? I have just always enjoyed cooking from a young age, and that continued when I studied home economics at Massereene Community College in Antrim. HAVE YOU ANY CULINARY QUALIFICATIONS? After Massereene, I went to Belfast Met when it was... View Article

Chef Profile August 2017: Anthony Boyle, Head Chef at the Whistledown Hotel

Chef Profile August 2017: Anthony Boyle, Head Chef at the Whistledown Hotel

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING, AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU? I was totally inspired by my mother, who is a really great cook, ensuring there is always good food on the table. Growing up, I loved the smell of cooking in the kitchen when she was making bread and... View Article