Students on the Masters in Gastronomy course at TU Dublin Cathal Brugha Street (from left): Maria Nehme O’Neill, Michele Moran, Sarah O’Leary, Paul Smith, Andrea Connor, William Toft, Lisa Cope and June Ruigrok, with lecturers Anke Klitzing and Diarmuid Murphy and course director Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gastronomy, the Oxford English Dictionary tells us, is “the practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food”. For the students currently (...)

Standing the heat: young chefs work long hours in demanding conditions. Photograph: E+/Getty

Roisin Gillen had a heartstopping moment in a kitchen in Chicago this summer when she bumped into a waiter who was carrying a tray of tiny fine china (...)

Cooking over an open fire. Photograph:  Courtesy of the National Folklore Collection

What is Irish food and drink? Is it your dad’s recipe for Irish stew – or does your aunt hold the only real recipe? Is it the Limerick staple of crube(...)

James Sheridan: “I felt a constant fear and had utterly irrational thoughts, leaving me completely drained and devoid of happiness. A constant ‘what’s the point’ attitude prevailed.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“About six years ago or so, I sat around a table with a group of chefs and suggested that something needed to be done to address mental heal(...)

Farmer Pat McBennett and Luke Creighan, owner of The Natural Bakery, harvesting wheat in Newcastle, Co Dublin.

Wheat grown in Newcastle, Co Dublin, is being milled and used to make wholemeal breads by The Natural Bakery, which has 12 retail outlets in Dublin an(...)

Elly Curshen aka Elly Pear: building blocks for healthy eating

  Elly Pear’s first book, Fast Days and Feast Days, catered to advocates of the 5:2 diet. It sold extremely well, but the market for her second,(...)

Korean researchers found coffee has thousands of chemicals including lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and alkaloids. Photograph: iStockphoto

Despite Ireland being a traditionally tea-drinking nation, the proliferation of coffee shops attests to the fact that three-quarters of Irish adults n(...)

A pencil sketch self-portrait by the artist Sir William Orpen depicting himself drinking wine through two straws

Between 1901 and 1967, Jammet’s was the most famous restaurant in Ireland and a rare outpost of French cuisine. The restaurant was established by two (...)

Consul General to Hong Kong Peter Ryan and Dublin chef Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire in Macau

Professional Dublin chef Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire was one of a delegation of Irish food industry people in the former Portuguese colony of Macau trying(...)

A few weeks ago I trekked up a weedy unpromising slope into a magical place. It’s the NCAD Community Garden where I met a philosopher composter. Al(...)

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