Kate Packwood set up Wildflour Bakery to offer cakes that have a distinctive style, an eccentricity and strong attention to detail . Photograph: Rincy Koshy

WILD BAKING Kate Packwood describes herself as a “British woman working with Irish ingredients”, which is how she found herself a finalist(...)

Last week’s homemade ketchup has to be paired with this week’s hand-cut chips. Chips are one of my favourite things to make from scratch and I woul(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said the changes are aimed to offer viable alternatives to third level education. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A major overhaul of state-sponsored apprenticeships has been unveiled, aimed at providing school-leavers with a “viable, legitimate, positive alternat(...)

Jamaican/British musician and chef  Levi Roots brings a taste of the Caribbean to The Big Grill Festival in Herbert Park next month. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Levi Roots, Jamaican British reggae musician, chef, author and food entrepreneur leads a strong line-up of participants in The Big Grill Festival whic(...)

A view of a Moy Park plant. The poultry producer has been sold by its owner to a 	Brazilian company in a deal worth €1.32 billion. Photograph: Brian Hallam/Moy Park

Moy Park, Northern Ireland’s biggest private employer, has been sold by its Brazilian owner to a local rival in a deal worth €1.32 billion. Debt-la(...)

Moy Park  is the largest producer of poultry in the UK

Brazil’s JBS, the world’s largest meat packer, has agreed to pay about $1.5 billion for Moy Park, the British unit of rival Marfrig Global Foods. JBS(...)

St Ives harbour, Cornwall:   this part of England  gets the best weather, yet doesn’t get too hot for children. Photograph: Matt  Cardy/Getty Images

I am parenting my 12-year-old daughter on my own. Holidays are always a bit of a challenge as she does not like the heat and is a very active child so(...)

Kale farmer Christopher Keane: “We can’t keep it on the shelves. I think it was some model over in America mentioned a few years ago that she was eating kale and the next thing was, everyone wanted to eat kale.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Gwyneth Paltrow’s dietary whims were the last thing on Christopher Keane’s mind when he began growing kale after he left college many years ago. Back (...)

Two-piece navy suit, €239, Scott; tweed waistcoat, €69.95, Gibson; white LS T-shirt, €19.95, JackJones; navy tie, €20, Lloyd Attree Smith; tan brogues Gucinari. Glasses, stylist’s own

What do a graphic designer, a photographer, an artist, a surfer, an ex-Hollister model and a former menswear buyer all have in common? The answer i(...)

The Rocket and Squash food blog scours the weekend food supplements in British broadsheets and compiles a “best of” for your reading pleasure

Comedian Dylan Moran aptly summed up the modern misguided obsession for gourmet food when he described the goggle-eyed 9-to-5-er planted firmly on the(...)