Banter and bonding the key for Mount Juliet
Published 08/10/2016 | 02:30
Bonding with the team and banter in the kitchen are key to gaining Michelin stars, one of Ireland's leading chefs has said.
The Lady Helen restaurant in the five-star Mount Juliet Estate kept its star in the prestigious guide this week.
Ken Harker, Executive Chef at the restaurant, paid tribute to his team of chefs and front-of-house staff. He also said there was no particular chef ruling the roost.
"We all influence the menu, we all have a voice," he told the Irish Independent. "The head chef has a say, the sous chef has a say. We all work very well together. We are like a family. We have to be (like a family) - we spend 14 to 15 hours together every day."
Harker, who has been with the Lady Helen for over six years, also said there was room for a bit of fun in between courses too.
"You always have to work as a team," he said. "You can't try to have control over every single detail - otherwise you'd go bananas.
"We take our food seriously, but we don't take ourselves too seriously," he added.
"We have the radio on in the kitchen, and there is a bit of banter, too."