Chef Ross Lewis at home in Blackrock, Co Dublin.  The kitchen is dominated by a central island fitted with a row of Gaggenau appliances – five gas hobs, a cooking plate or plancha and a big oven. Photograph: Eric Luke

There’s a cupboard in Ross Lewis’s kitchen that contains a very sophisticated stereo system , an extensive music collection (lots of Van Morrison), an(...)

The opening day of the 2013 Web Summit in the RDS.Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It started out as an informal gathering of 450 techies four years ago, but this year’s Web Summit is so big, it has its own mascot – a quirky cartoon (...)

 Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year  finalists  Luke Ahearne (22); John Fitzmaurice (25); Chris Fullam (21); Matthew Logan (22) and Ian Mc Hale (26). Photograph: Maxwells

There’s been a gently simmering pot of rivalry on the stove at Chapter One restaurant in Dublin recently, where two chefs have been preparing for the (...)

Chef  Adam Richman, who presents the ‘Man vs Food’ TV show, is on the line-up of speakers at Food Summit, part of the Web Summit which takes place in Dublin on November 4th-6th. Photograph: Getty Images

Adam Richman, presenter of Man vs Food will be sharing the inside track on how he survives the epic feeding sessions he endures for his tv show. C(...)

Best beard of Electric Picnic 2014: Sean O’Reilly from Donaghmede in Co Dublin 1:45

Best bands Portishead were sublime: in between the snap and the hiss, the cackle and crackle of the music, Beth Gibbons turned, sighed and lam(...)

The Electric Picnic is starting to take shape.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh 2:00

All the week, The Irish Times will be exclusively revealing the stage times for this weekend’s Electric Picnic. So here’s who’ll be bossing the Main S(...)

Artisan croissants: terms like ‘artisan’ commonly used on the packaging of mass-produced products 
in order
to create false impressions. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The difficulties artisan and specialist food producers have differentiating themselves from mass producers who use such terms as “homemade”, “farm fr(...)

Restaurateur Derry Clarke was joined by Elliott Murphy, Dervla Malone, Catriona Sheil and Naoise Dack from the Trinity Orchestra to launch the Ultimate Picnic Banquet

Derry Clarke, chef patron at L’Ecrivain restaurant, donned his best festival wellies to host a breakfast event this morning to launch the Ultimate Pic(...)

The Electric Picnic takes place between Friday, August 29th and Sunday, August 31st at Stradbally, Co Laois. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Electric Picnic fans have been invited to participate in a five-star meal at this year’s festival in a fundraising event in aid of suicide prevention.(...)

  147 Deli on Parnell Street Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“Is that the queue? For takeaway?” the man in the blue raincoat asks a woman holding a coffee. It is, she tells him. “Jaysus,” he says turning arou(...)