Ralph Haslam

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The 2016 Irish Food Writers' Guild Food Award winners are, from left: Ralph Haslam – Mossfield Organic Farm (Offaly); Julie and Rod Calder-Potts – Highbank Organic Orchards (Kilkenny); Cuilan Loughnane – White Gypsy Brewery (Tipperary); Sharon Greene – Wild Irish Foragers (Offaly); Kirsti O’Kelly – Silver Darlings (Limerick); and standing front: Joe Fitzmaurice – Riot Rye Bakehouse and Bread School (Tipperary). Photograph: Paul Sherwood

You’ve got pickled herring, Irish stout, organic milk, nettle syrup and sourdough – and you have to turn them into a four-course awards lunch for memb(...)

The Strawberry Restaurant, Brooklodge, Macreddin Village, Co Wicklow

In recent history, the Irish hotel was a place where culinary ambition went to curl up and die under a heat lamp. It was the boiled veg school of unr(...)

She’s my oldest friend but it’s looking like I might have to ditch her. We’re jinxed. A series of misadventures the last time we met for dinner led t(...)

Ralph Haslam on Mossfield Farm, his organic dairy farm just outside Birr, Co Offaly

Ralph Haslam makes the universal sign for crazy by tapping the side of his head with his finger when asked what his neighbours make of his farming (...)