Ross Lewis

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Chef Gráinne O’Keefe, in Pichet restaurant, Trinity Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The working hours are punishing. The starting salaries can be miserable. The pressure-cooker atmosphere tests the hardiest of souls. Gráinne O’Keefe, (...)

Getting in the mood for the 2016 Slow Food Festival with a little trip out on the Atlantic (from left): Liam O’ Brien - manager The Doolin Ferry Co, Birgitta Hedin-Curtin - chairperson Slow Food Clare, John Curtin and Kieran O’ Halloran - Kieran’s Kitchen at The Roadside Tavern. Photograph: Yvonne Vaughan Photography.

Burren events The Burren is the place to be this month, when almost 100 Irish chefs get on their bikes and embark on a 300km, three-day charity cycle(...)

Festival of Food Ross Lewis of Chapter One in Dublin – seen above with fellow chef JP McMahon – heads west to launch the Galway Food Festival (March (...)

For a holiday with a little more bite this year, take a walk on the epicurean side.

CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCE The Chocolate Walking Tour: Explore Paris’s rich chocolate history with a guided tour of the city’s most relished chocolate s(...)

Mews, in Baltimore, Co Cork is overall winner for Dinner of the Year.

It was only a matter of time before the thriving midrange Dublin restaurant scene ate itself. And so the tipping point came in 2015. The capital’s re(...)

We’ve enlisted Derry Clarke (L’Ecrivain); Ken Harker (Lady Helen); Ross Lewis (Chapter One); Danni Barry (EIPIC) and Aoife Noonan (Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud) to suggest seasonal dishes with a twist for Christmas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

What do chefs eat at Christmas? Anything – as long as it’s cooked by someone else. That’s the usual refrain from weary kitchen staff at the busiest t(...)

Second-year students in the pastry class of the professional cookery programme at DIT Cathal Brugha Street. Photograph: Eric Luke
The chef shortage begins to bite

November is Food Month in The Irish Times   Ireland’s restaurant industry is thriving, but for how long? A shortage of chefs is really(...)

Conor Dempsey, chef patron at Amuse on Dublin’s Dawson Street, is offering a new range of set menus

Amuse your tastebuds Tasting menus can be a wonderful way to experience the mastery of a good chef, but they can also be overwhelming, with wave (...)

Chefs Derry Clarke, Fiona Ugema, Mivchael Roux, Kevin Thornton, Stuart O’Keeffe, Edward Hayden, Niall Hill and (back row) Tim Anderson, Gavin McDonagh, Niall Sabong, Paul Kelly enjoying the atmosphere at Taste of Dublin which has opened to the public  at the Iveagh Gardens. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 10th Taste of Dublin began under cloudless skies as the first of 37,000 people expected to attend the four-day event arrived on site in Iveagh Gar(...)

The Ocean Spray cranberry garden at last year’s Bloom in the Park festival. This year’s fetival will have a large Food Village with restaurants, cafes, markets and cookery demonstrations. Photograph: Lorna Gannon/Jardin

Food festival season continues apace – with more and more blending culinary elements into other areas of interest. The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literar(...)

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