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

Chef Profile December 2018: Fraser Cunningham, senior sous chef at The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

Chef Profile December 2018: Fraser Cunningham, senior sous chef at The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? I got into cooking at a young age. My first job was as a fruit picker in a large estate in Scotland collecting fruit for the kitchen of a Michelin-starred restaurant within the hotel. Being involved in the hustle and bustle of the... View Article

Chef Profile October 2018: Pierre Caulet, head chef at 44 Hill Street Belfast

Chef Profile October 2018: Pierre Caulet, head chef at 44 Hill Street Belfast

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING? My grandfather first introduced me to the culinary world at a young age. I remember helping him prepare a number of dishes from mussels marinières to vegetable broths, where I would help him cut vegetables at the table in the conservatory – he... View Article

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