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

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