Casually speaking

Casually speaking

She’s a chef, teacher, TV and radio star and author, but Paula’s earthy Aghadowey roots are ever present. Trained in culinary arts at the prestigious Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, USA, she returned to the UK in 1993 to open her own restaurant in Manchester. And she came... View Article

Tripping out

Tripping out

It’s one of the most amazing countries I’ve ever visited,” says Paul Rankin about the latest series of Paul and Nick’s Big Food Trip, focused on New Zealand. “It’s like Donegal, the North Coast and Scotland on steroids with really fabulous weather, bluer water, bigger waves. It’s just incredible. “The... View Article

A tale of two cities

A tale of two cities

MICHAEL DEANE: HOW DID THE COLLABORATION COME ABOUT? We were invited to a meeting by Belfast City Council to brainstorm ideas for the upcoming Nashville In Belfast celebrations and to gauge if we would be interested in being involved. We thought it sounded exciting and so began the plans for... View Article

The steaks are high

The steaks are high

  When Marco Pierre White, the man who brought the drama of a thriving kitchen into our living rooms, opened up shop at the Park Avenue Hotel in Belfast, he made a point. His Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, which launched in the east Belfast hotel in 2015, set a precedent... View Article

A new be-gin-ing

A new be-gin-ing

I have more energy now than I had when I was 19,” says Gerry, 60, when reflecting on the past few years, from Jawbox’ inception in 2014 and his departure from his former job last year to Jawbox’s current position of international acclaim. “My life has completely changed. It’s given... View Article

At your service

At your service

In 1988 Yazz dived headfirst into the music charts with The Only Way Is Up but away from the fluoro lights and electronic beats of the music industry back then was a man in Northern Ireland with big dreams, who, unlike Yazz, did rise up. And today his company has... View Article

The hospitality heroine

The hospitality heroine

Around 1,578 hotel rooms will be added to NI’s hotel stock this year, which is setting a higher, more competitive benchmark for those already operating in the sector but there’s no better person to lend some wise words to those who want to up their game than Alex Polizzi. Alex’s... View Article

Titanic Hotel is jewel in crown for Harcourt

Titanic Hotel is jewel in crown for Harcourt

Clement Gaffney is proud of his group’s new addition to its portfolio, Titanic Hotel Belfast. For him it’s the jewel in the crown for Harcourt, given the group’s Liverpool Titanic Hotel is one of its best performers, attracting, in equal measure, business and leisure clientele; all on the back of... View Article

A Master of Reinvention

A Master of Reinvention

When Brody Sweeney, the man who headed O’Brien’s sandwich shop chain, reflects on its rise and fall, he’s honest and modest. The entrepreneur who was once hailed as one of the top businessmen in Ireland when the economy was booming, simply says: “Ultimately I take responsibility for my own actions.... View Article

It’s a cracker…

It’s a cracker…

Tony Carson is a serial entrepreneur in the world of hospitality. Here, the son of legendary comedian Frank Carson chats to Emma Deighan about bringing a 300-year-old brewery back to life, his string of trade awards and why he’s investing in the future of NI business through the younger generation... View Article