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

Chef Profile April 2019: Ben Cochrane, trainee chef, Shu restaurant, Belfast

Chef Profile April 2019: Ben Cochrane, trainee chef, Shu restaurant, Belfast

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? My first job was working as a kitchen assistant at Orchards Cookery School in Bidford-On-Avon. This was a great first step into the world of hospitality and gave me a hunger to become a chef. I was inspired by the local produce I... View Article

Chef Profile February 2019: Adam Sarhan, head chef at The Ivory Restaurant, Belfast

Chef Profile February 2019: Adam Sarhan, head chef at The Ivory Restaurant, Belfast

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? My dad was a chef as was my brother, so I’ve always been surrounded by cooking in our family. When I came back from living in Egypt for seven years, I worked at Roscoff in Shaftesbury Square with Paul Rankin and Andy Rea.... View Article

Chef Profile January 2019: Kunwar Sharma, head chef at Lusty Beg Resort and Spa

Chef Profile January 2019: Kunwar Sharma, head chef at Lusty Beg Resort and Spa

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? I got into cooking about 15 years ago, inspired by my mother. My mum was always cooking when I was growing up, and inspired me to take on home economics at school. She’s from the Punjab region of India where the tradition of... View Article