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

Chef Profile Summer 2017: Graham Burns, executive head chef at the Crowne Plaza Belfast

Chef Profile Summer 2017: Graham Burns, executive head chef at the Crowne Plaza Belfast

WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING, AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU? Basically my mother’s cooking; licking the spoon from the pavlova mix and watching her. And then, back in high school, we had home economics class before lunch so I thought it was a good idea to get a free... View Article

Chef Profile May 2017: Andrew Provan, Head Chef at Meat Locker

Chef Profile May 2017: Andrew Provan, Head Chef at Meat Locker

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? Born in Paisley, Scotland and grew up in Magherafelt moving to Belfast at 18. WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO COOKING AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU? I got into cooking from a young age at home but professionally at 18. I... View Article

Chef Profile April 2017: Gareth McCaughey, chef and owner of The Muddlers Club, Belfast

Chef Profile April 2017: Gareth McCaughey, chef and owner of The Muddlers Club, Belfast

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED? Born in Co Tyrone, in Donaghmore. Also where I grew up WHAT’S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE FOODIE EXPERIENCE? Cooking alongside Alain Passard. WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? Peeling potatoes in local fish and chip shop. ASIDE FROM YOUR CURRENT ROLE, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE... View Article

Chef Profile March 2017: Noel McMeel, Executive Head Chef, Lough Erne Resort

Chef Profile March 2017: Noel McMeel, Executive Head Chef, Lough Erne Resort

YOU’VE SPENT 30 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY, WHAT HAVE BEEN THE MOST NOTEWORTHY CHANGES ALONG THE WAY? Our industry has been in the midst of radical change for the last couple of years. As we have seen peace our tourism has started a journey of its own for the greater... View Article

Chef Profile January 2017: Katie Burns, head chef at Town Sq on Botanic Avenue in Belfast

Chef Profile January 2017: Katie Burns, head chef at Town Sq on Botanic Avenue in Belfast

“I just love cooking, it’s my passion,” says Katie Burns. “I just enjoy it, and I love trying new stuff out.” Katie is head chef at Town Sq on Botanic Avenue, the former Crescent Townhouse owned by Wine Inns which was taken over by businessman Peter Ringland in 2015. In... View Article