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Neven Maguire
Mc Nean House
RTE's Home Chef  Programme

From a very young age, one of Neven's favorite pastimes was to shadow his mother in the kitchen, watching her cook. His pastime soon became his    passion,as he began experimenting with ingredients in the home kitchen at the tender age of 10, a passion that only intensified as Neven went through his teenage years.

After studying catering in Fermanagh, Neven went on to train in some of the highest profile restaurants in the world, including Roscoff, Belfast (Michelin Star winner); Grand Hotel Berlin (Michelin Star winner); Arzak, San Sebastian; and with Léa Linster, the Luxembourg chef he credits as a major influence on his cookery style.

In 2001, Neven took over the family business, and turned a local restaurant into a national phenomenon.

Kevin Dundon
Dunbrody Country House Hotel Restaurant
RTE's Food Programme

Kevin Dundon is the Chef/Proprietor of Dunbrody Country House Hotel & Restaurant, located in Ireland’s sunny South East. Dunbrody was established in 1997 by Kevin and his wife Catherine and has very quickly become a must-see for all foodies. It is now considered to be one of Ireland’s Premier Hotels & Restaurant. Kevin’s runs a cookery school at the hotel as well which already recognised as one of the most respected in the country.

Kevin has cooked for many well-known celebrities during his career including the Her Majesty, the Queen, President Bush and Bono. In 1994,

Kevin was head-hunted back to Ireland as the Executive Head Chef of the Shelburne Hotel in Dublin, widely recognised as one of the most prestigious Chef appointments in Ireland.

Gary O'Hanlon
Viewmount House
TV3's Late Lunch Live

Donegal native Gary O'Hanlon has been delighting visitors to the VM Restaurant at Viewmount House since he took charge of the kitchen in 2008. Gary spent the earlier part of his career in the United States where he trained under some of the top chefs on the East Coast and prior to returning to Ireland he was head chef at Devlin’s restaurant in Boston. 

Originally from Ramelton Gary previously worked at the Olde Post Restaurant in Cloverhill and at the Lobster Pot Restaurant in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill. In terms of culinary style, Gary has fused his knowledge of traditional Irish cooking with the skill he honed in Boston, and brings both to bear on the preparation of fine fresh Irish ingredients. The result is repertoires of modern classic dishes which never disappoints and have helped to make VM Restaurant at Viewmount House a destination in its own right.

Edward Hayden
TV3'S Ireland AM
Woman's Way Cookery Columnist
Culinary Lecturer

Edward Hayden is a chef and food writer and is very well-known to audiences from his weekly cookery slots on TV3’s Ireland AM. Edward is the resident cookery columnist in Woman’s Way magazine now for the last three years, inspiring thousands of readers with his no fuss approach to cookery.
Edward works as a culinary lecturer in Waterford Institute of Technology and regularly guest lectures in An Grianán, the Irish Countrywomen's Association Adult Education Centre, as well as hosting a wide range of fundraising cookery demonstrations throughout the country.
In 2008 Edward self published his first cookery book, ‘Edward Entertains’ and in 2011 he published ‘Food to Love’ with The O’Brien Press which quickly featured in the top 5 Irish best sellers before being awarded the prestigious Kerry Food Book of the Year. Edward’s third book, ‘Food for Friends’ also with The O’ Brien Press was published in 2013 and he is currently putting the finishing touches to his next book, due for release at the end of this year.
Edward finds himself involved in a variety of different ventures and in 2014 he was crowned winner and ‘King of the Knitters’ in the celebrities knitting challenge at the Knit & Stitch show in the RDS. He is also brand ambassador for Volkswagen with Laharts garage in Kilkenny.
Edward has been involved with Taste of Dublin for the last four years in various different roles and also had his own ‘Edward’s Festive Desserts’ stand at Taste of Christmas 2012.
2015 saw the opening of the ‘Edward Hayden Cookery School’ in his native Co. Kilkenny and classes are available all year round. For more information check out www.edwardentertains.com
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Paul Kelly - TV3
The great Irish Bake Off
Executive Pastry Chef
Merrion Hotel Dublin

Paul Kelly is best known for his mastery of pastry having spent 20 years perfecting his skills in the culinary industry. He started as a commi chef in The Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal.  Following this he worked in many of five-star hotels and top restaurants in Ireland and Worldwide. In Ireland he worked in The Park Hotel in Kenmare where he found his true calling in the culinary world, PASTRY.  Following his time there he travelled the world and worked in many five-star hotels in Dubai, Hong Kong, Sydney, Paris and Johannesburg in search of new ideas and inspirations to satisfy his insatiable curiosity.

He later moved back to Dublin to work in l'Ecrivain as their first full-time pastry chef. He finally found his place as Executive Pastry Chef  at The Merrion Hotel  in Dublin, where he has been working since the hotel opened in 1997. He is a creative risk taker, which has led him to develop many unique concepts such as The Merrion Art Afternoon Tea and The Merrion's own signature Chocolate. The Merrion Art Tea is a creative and inspiring new take on the classic afternoon tea whilst incorporating The Merrion’s extensive art collection. In addition to spear heading the Art Tea, Paul also introduced the making of their own chocolate in the Merrion which is very unique in Ireland, the Merrion has now got all three types of chocolate and in 2015 was the first in the world to makes its own White Chocolate with this concept. He is widely known for his role as a judge on TV3’s infamous bakery show – The Great Irish Bake Off, the ultimate baking battle where passionate amateur bakers compete to be crowned Ireland’s Best Amateur Baker. He has also featured on the Late Lunch Live and The 7O’Clock Show where he treated Martin and Lucy to some delicious desserts.

Paul was a regular on RTÉ’s afternoon show Live at Three before it changed to the Afternoon Show. Also on RTÉ, he joined Neven Maguire on Homechef to demonstrate ‘Art’ Tea at the Merrion Hotel by making pastries, cakes and biscuits inspired by the paintings in the hotel. He also joined Rachel Allen on her show Rachel Allen’s Sweet Things Christmas Special on RTÉ to show her his seasonal twist on some classic desserts including edible interpretations of a Christmas tree, a cracker and a festive snow globe.  

Paul is a regular contributor to radio and has featured on Anton Savage Savage Sunday on Today FM, The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk and also Aidan Cooney drive time show on Q102. He developed a passion for teaching and over the last eight years he has worked as a part-time teacher for Culinary Arts in DIT Cathal Brugha Street in Dublin, where he also helps to develop new pastry and baking programmes.  He is also a newly appointed External Examiner for GMIT (Galway Mayo Institute of Technology) where he works very closely with the University for development. For eight years, Paul was the pastry chef on the Irish Culinary Team, where he represented Ireland on the world culinary stage. He has won many competitions on the world stage and has come full circle – he is now a judge for the World Association of Chefs at international events. Paul is a member of the Cacao Barry® ambassadors club which is for the world's elite in the art of chocolate  and pastry and is present in more than 20 countries  around the world. For this, Paul shares his knowledge of chocolate and techniques to other  craftsmen all over the world. He also works with Cacao Barry® on development of new products, product concepts, packaging, recipes and training events too. Additionally, Paul regularly participates in culinary events around the country including Taste of Dublin, Food & Bev Live, Bray Summerfest, Dublin Allery Expo, The Galway Volvo Ocean Race Taste of Wicklow and more.

Catherine Fulvio
TV Presenter / Food Writer
Award-Winning Proprietor of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School

Mother of two … Read all about the many facets to this dynamic woman here;
Making everyday exceptional in the kitchen, mother of two, Catherine Fulvio, has the ability to create doable and delicious recipes to be enjoyed by friends and family for all occasions. With her Irish blood and her Italian heart Catherine has made the connection between food and friends for many.
Growing up on a working farm in Ireland Catherine has a strong connection with food and the land. She is now an award-winning author, TV Chef, cookery tutor and proprietor of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School in Co. Wicklow in Ireland.
Following the success of her first cookbook, Catherine’s Italian Kitchen, and two TV series, Catherine’s Italian Kitchen and Catherine’s Roman Holiday she is now a household name and one of Ireland’s top television culinary stars. Catherine knows how good food brings family and friends together and in cookbook and TV series, “Catherine’s Family Kitchen”, she returns to her Irish roots. Her style of cooking is modern Irish, with an emphasis on fresh quality ingredient for family entertaining and her recipes are both delicious and do-able. Her most recent book “Eat Like an Italian” won the prestigious Avonmore Cookbook of the Year 2012 at the national awards. Catherine’s latest book ‘The Weekend Chef’ has been nominated for the Avonmore Cookbook of the Year 2013 at the national awards.
Irish born, Catherine grew up on a working farm hence it is no great surprise that her food philosophy is “field to fork” and she puts huge emphasis on provenance and uses only the best of local and seasonal produce in her Guesthouse and Cookery School often using Ballyknocken’s own herbs, vegetables and fruit. Having married to a Sicilian, she has a close love affair with Italian cuisine, and is now known for her Irish blood and her Italian heart when it comes to food. Catherine’s success reaches far flung shores with TV appearances including America’s number one morning show, NBCs Today Show and BBC Saturday Kitchen in the UK. Her series has been aired in over 11 countries including UK, South Africa, Canada, France, Australia and New Zealand and is currently shown on AerLingus flights. She is also food writer for Ireland’s leading magazines and the food contributor on radio show, Today with Pat Kenny.
Catherine is a firm favourite in Ireland and has built a profile in the UK and further afield also. She continues to live and work in Ireland and is third generation at Ballyknocken House where she tends her farm, herb and vegetable gardens and runs her award-winning cookery school and four star bed and breakfast. She is also a doting mother of two young children, Charlotte (11) and Rowan (9).


Shane Smith
Best Bakery Manager in Ireland
Excetutive Chef Fallon & Byrne
In House Chef Coole Swan

Shane Smith hails from Co Cavan and has been cooking his way around Ireland and further afield for the past 16 years, starting his training in Co. Donegal in Tourism College Killybegs and then extending his studies to Galway Mayo Institute of Technology graduating with a degree in Culinary Arts, specialising in Pastry. Over this period of time and to date, Shane has been very fortunate to have worked and ran the pastry sections in some of Ireland's leading 5* hotels and restaurants.

Shane also works in collaboration with Coole Swan Irish Cream Liquor and to date has published 10 of their signature cookery booklets, this job sees Shane travelling country wide and abroad holding cookery demo’s, showcasing this amazing Irish product. Recipe research and development is a huge aspect of his day to day role and trying to stay on top of current trends is very important. Both of these tie in nicely to the two recipe columns Shane writes on a monthly basis, one for the Anglo Celt News paper in his home town of Cavan and also with Taste.ie, Ireland’s leading food and wine magazine.

In September 2015, Shane was honoured to have fought off stiff competition to be awarded the title of “Best Bakery Manager in Ireland” in conjunction with Shelflife magazine and most recently has landed a cookery slot on Sunday AM where he can been seen regularlily bringing his natural flare and love for all things sweet from the TV3 studios into the nation's homes.

Brian Mc Dermott
"The No Salt Chef"
RTE's Today Programme

"The No Salt Chef " Brian Mc Dermott is no stranger to A Taste of Donegal; he is a popular firm fixture at the Festival. Brian is well known for his passionate use of local produce and healthy style of cooking.

He is author of very successful cookery book "Reunite with Food" Brian has his own weekly cookery slot on BBC Radio and he can be seen demonstrating at numerous festivals nationally.

Brian believes Cooking is about Simplicity, Fresh Local Ingredients and Sharing Knowledge Brian's demos are a must see for food lovers. Follow him on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/communitychef 

Joe Shannon
Radisson Blu Sligo
TV3's Ireland Am

Joe Shannon is executive chef of the luxurious Radisson blu hotel, Spa and leisure centre Sligo. He has been awarded many accolades, has travelled extensively, participating in all sorts of culinary delights.

He is totally passionate about all things food and his cookery demonstrations are renowned nationally for his inspirational dishes delivered with great passion and fun, raising 1000s of euros for all sorts of good causes.

Joe is one of Ireland AMS resident chefs and also is well known in the North West for his radio Column every Monday on Ocean FM Cooking with Joe along with Margaret Carr-Flynn.

Maíre Dufficy
An Bord Bia

Based in Sligo, Máire Dufficy, Bord Bia’s Regional Food Advisor has a wealth of experience in cookery and healthy eating presentations.
Her work takes her throughout the country to audiences ranging from secondary school groups, to customers of local butchers, from Cardiac Rehab Groups to Summer Show visitors.

Máire acts as the face of Bord Bia providing customers with tasty nutritious recipe ideas and helpful hints on maintaining a balanced diet. Her cookery demonstrations are hugely popular with all age groups and she has previously taken part in a number of high profile consumer events including Food at Farmleigh;A Taste of Dublin and Bloom 2010

Anthony Armstrong
World Association of Chefs Society

Anthony Armstrong, a past president of the Panel of Chefs of Ireland on their Golden Jubilee year in 2008, also held the role of both PR and marketing officer for the prestigious organization
Apart from this heavy workload, Anthony was also the culinary director of the panel of chefs and demonstration chef with the N.I Seafood/BIM and Ulster pork forum.

This talented and innovative chef has also been associated with some of the best restaurants in Ireland and the UK including The Tower in Knightsbridge, The Lobster Point in Warrenpoint and more recently the Filet of Sole in Donegal Town. Last year Anthony received the accolade of being appointed a member of the World Association of Chefs Society here he is also an accredited judge. More recently Anthony worked as Executive Chef at Henry’s Bar and Restaurant Cashelgarren, Co Sligo.

Anthony also represented The Food Coast, Donegal in the 5th All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off competition in the Acton Hotel in April of this year, which featured 32 professional restaurant chefs, fishermen and makers of commercial chowders, each selected to represent their county, in competition for the title of All-Ireland Chowder Champion.

Martin Anderson
"The Crest Catering Company "
"Moonshine Coffee Shop "

Chef Martin Anderson, a native of Donegal began his career at the world famous tourism college Killybegs, graduating in 1986, martin worked his way around Ireland and then on to Paris, France , where he completed his training in the prestigious Four star hotel Lotti , there martin discovered the need to simplify cooking< using good quality seasonal ingredients. At the invitation of highland radio breakfast D.J. John Breslin, Martin began a very popular weekly cookery question and answer programme, After the publishing and the success of the highland breakfast cookery book , Martin realised there was a need for a private catering company in the North West. The Crest Catering company was founded in 2005 and has catered for many prestigious events across the North-west , The Company Boasts a state of the Art Mobile Catering unit and with his team of professional staff he guarantees , Fresh Wholesome Quality Food & service to rival and 5 star establishment. In 2012 Martin Began a weight loss journey in the guise of Fat Chef Slim , over the course of a year through healthy eating and exercise he lost 5st and has promoted a healthy lifestyle through his cookery Demos & Through his menu’s at the Moonshine Coffee Shop, Letterkenny . He has also published his own lifestyle Cookery Book , Fat Chef Slim Recipes From The journey 

Zack Gallagher

Irish Food Guide

Zack Gallagher, a chef from Donegal Town, is founder of the Irish food website, www.IrishFoodGuide.ie which highlights food events and promotes artisan Irish food producers & places to eat. With a reputation as a trusted and knowledgeable Irish food promoter, Zack is dedicated to assisting in the development and marketing of great Irish food by promoting quality products through his website and other mediums. He encourages the use of modern social media to develop markets for food businesses. Zack loves cooking old fashioned recipes using the best local produce available.
Over the past few years, he has built networks and created links between a wide range of producers, farms, sea fishing enterprises and the very best food providers who specialise in modern Irish cuisine and the use of local produce. As a result of this, Zack is creating Irish Food Tours, a concept which aims to provide a complete food tourism experience for inbound tour operators. He is also one of Ireland's top-followed Twitter Foodies as @IrishFoodGuide.

Rob Mc Hardy
Green Forest Responsible

After many years pulling pints and running night clubs, pubs and live venues Rob stumbled across Jack McGarry at the award winning cocktail bar at the Merchant hotel in Belfast 2008 After serving the same drinks for so long, discovering these new flavours, spirits , bar tools and techniques was a life changing revelation. Using fresh fruits, proper ice, decent spirits and balanced measures, drinks became an experience to really savour. In Paris ,Rob started a cocktail program at the Hotel Duo was part of the opening team at the Prescription cocktail club and was in charge of Bar and beverages for David Lynch's private members club Silencio and for the Savoir fair group. He currently is a mixologist with Green Forest Responsible MIXOLOGIE-BAR.

Ciaran Kennedy
Hunny Pots
100% Pure Wexford Honey

‘Hunny Pots’ is a business based just outside Gorey in Wexford. We distribute the finest local honey on behalf of a local beekeeper under the ‘Hunny Pots’ brand. All our honey is 100% pure and natural.

This is our second year in business and our second time at “A Taste of Donegal” We love the atmosphere that the show creates and meeting all the people who come through the doors.
We look forward to meeting you at this year’s event.

Email: hunnypotswex@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wexfordhunnypots

Sian Breslin
Sian's Plan

Sian Breslin is a home economist with 25 years teaching experience and co-founder www.siansplan.com
She now runs her own Cookery School specialising in helping home cooks organise healthy delicious meals seven days a week, for families, without spending a fortune. Siansplan.com is a fun website/app where home cooks and their family members including children can plan a weekly menu of delicious healthy meals. 

An automatic shopping list is then created with which is used to shop - saving the home cook, money time and food. Sian is a regular contributor on Highland Radio, and is a food expert and meal planner for www.myfamilyclub.co.uk

Anna Jane Kingston
Food Blogger - "Thyme To Eat"

Anna-Jane Kingston who hails from Kerrykeel, Co.Donegal, is the writer and creator of the successful food blog 'Thyme To Eat'. This blog has been going from strength to strength since she first set it up in 2015. Her talents in the kitchen have seen her being invited to do demos on the popular Ireland AM cookery slot. As well as that, Ireland’s leading online Food Magazine TheTaste.ie has featured Thyme To Eat in several of their editions. Anna-Jane has also featured in Stellar magazine, Easy Food Magazine and was a finalist in the home cook hero awards 2015 to name but a few of her Media appearances. Her main focus on the site is to try and encourage healthy eating with simple and creative recipes. She caters for a wide variety of eaters, including gluten-free, paleo and vegetarian diets.