Saturday 19 August 2017

Meet the taste makers - the chefs set to thrill at this year's Taste of Dublin

 

Neven Maguire. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Neven Maguire. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Kwanghi Chan
Jean Christophe Novelli
Roz Purcell
Anna Haugh
Chef Gill Meller
Patrick Powell
Sharon Hearne-Smith

This year's Taste of Dublin festival explores the flavours of the world, so we asked some of the top chefs and foodies on the line-up about the tastes that inspire them, as well as the global food trends coming down the track…

Patrick Powell

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Patrick Powell
 

Mayo man Patrick is head chef at London's celebrated Chiltern Firehouse restaurant.

What world cuisine/flavour has most inspired you?

I have a lot of love for Asian food. At the Firehouse, we use lots of Asian seasoning techniques to boost the flavour profile of our dishes. Lots of white soy, dashis and dried seaweed. For example, we cook Jersey royal potatoes in kombu dashi. It gives them a fantastic seawater flavour and the leftover stock is liquid gold.

What global foodie hotspots have you visited?

I have recently done foodie trips to Copenhagen and Paris and had some amazing meals. Even the food at the airport in Copenhagen is incredible. Hong Kong is food heaven for me, though - I am planning a trip back soon.

What are this year's biggest food trends?

I think the high-end delivery services are going to continue to grow. A good friend of mine is currently working on a concept that will offer high-end restaurant food with daily specials that will deliver to your door. Services like this are rapidly changing how people eat.

Where are your favourite places to eat in Ireland?

Chapter One (Parnell Square, Dublin 1) and Pichet (Trinity Street, Dublin 2). And I recently had a fantastic lunch at The Pig's Ear (Nassau Street, Dublin 2).

Jean-Christophe Novelli

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Jean Christophe Novelli
 

Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur.

What world cuisine/flavour has most inspired you?

There are constant new flavours which excite me but the one that really inspired me - and is a part of my memories as a child - is the vanilla pod from Madagascar, which my mum used to use in her cooking at home.

What global foodie hotspots have you visited?

I am lucky to have travelled to a lot of wonderful countries, but many of the places I really love to visit are in the UK and Ireland. For example, I am very happy visiting Cork, Derry, Aberdeen, Cumbria, Dale in Pembrokeshire or Guernsey - it really depends on the time of year. The one area where I have spent most of my time, however, is alongside the UK coast in the New Forest, where I can enjoy the best produce from both the land and the sea.

What are this year's biggest food trends?

A growing number of people are interested in eating more healthily and reducing the amount of salt, sugar and saturated fat in their diets. They are more knowledgeable and interested in learning about their local producers. I am also seeing a lot more variety in the range of inter- national cuisines available.

Where are your favourite places to eat in Ireland?

I have eaten so many fantastic meals in Ireland that I think it would be unfair to mention just one place!

Sharon Hearne-Smith

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Sharon Hearne-Smith
 

Food stylist and writer, author of The No-Cook Cookbook

What world cuisine/flavour has most inspired you?

Having eaten my way through India and Southeast Asia many years ago, I found the fabulous food to be unforgettable and continue to use Asian ideas and flavours throughout my cookery.

What global foodie hotspots have you visited?

I love sunshine on my travels and so tend to head to tropical and coastal areas where exotic fruits and fresh seafood are in abundance. Local wines are a bonus and an added draw too, of course. I have only ever been to Italy on two brief occasions, so it is firmly on the top of my future foodie adventures list.

What are this year's biggest food trends?

The trend of people opting for healthy meals, snacks and desserts made with wholefoods, superfoods and without refined sugar appears to be ever-increasing. While we've eaten our way through sweet potato and avocado brownies, we will be seeing a lot more of beans being used in these tasty treats and more. Also, more and more people are jumping on the vegetarian and vegan bandwagon. Breakfast appears to be fast becoming a more defined meal occasion than just grabbing something on the way out the door.

Where are your favourite places to eat in Ireland?

MacNean House in Blacklion, Co Cavan; Etto, Merrion Row, Dublin 2; Ox, Belfast (Michael Deane's Eipic is on my list when next there), and my parents' seafood bar and restaurant, The Lobster Pot, Carnsore Point, Co Wexford. Oh, and you can't beat Avoca restaurants for child-friendliness when out with the family.

Gill Meller

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Chef Gill Meller
 

Gill is the group head chef at River Cottage and author of the cookbook Gather.

What world cuisine/flavour has most inspired you?

I'm inspired by Mediterranean cooking. I'm a sucker for the simplicity and the fabulous ease with which good food seems to just happen, somewhat effortlessly.

What global foodie hotspots have you visited?

I'd love to spend some time in Japan and India. I have so much respect for both these cuisines and I haven't had the pleasure of going to either yet.

What are this year's biggest food trends?

I don't really follow the trends. I believe people are more interested in eating a healthy, balanced diet and this is something some restaurants care about. The provenance of the food people eat is also very important, and more and more people want to know where their food is coming from.

Where are your favourite places to eat in Ireland?

I haven't been lucky enough to eat out in Ireland in many years. For one reason or another, whenever I've been visiting, I've either been cooking myself or being cooked for by friends. Hopefully during Taste of Dublin, I'll get a chance.

Anna Haugh

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Anna Haugh
 

Dubliner Anna is executive chef at London's Bob Bob Ricard restaurant.

What world cuisine/flavour has most inspired you?

I find aromas so inspiring - spices like caraway or kaffir limes trigger my memory like nothing else and spike my curiosity.

What global foodie hotspots have you visited?

Japan and India.

What are this year's biggest food trends?

People will become more adventurous with home cooking and the home equipment they use. I think people are trying to balance the angel/devil diet more than before.

Where are your favourite places to eat in Ireland?

The Fumbally (Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8), The GreenHouse (Dawson Street, Dublin 2) and Pichet (Trinity Street, Dublin 2).

Kwanghi Chan

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Kwanghi Chan
 

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Donegal, Kwanghi is the development chef at catering company BaxterStorey Ireland.

What world cuisine/flavour has most inspired you?

Outside of my French training and background, I'm researching Asian food, which definitely interests me the most at the moment.

What global foodie hotspots have you visited?

Spain has such a history, enriched with spices and forward thinking in food. It also has some of the most interesting three-star chefs in the world.

What are this year's biggest food trends?

I think East Asia/China/Korea/Japan are still going to come on in 2017 with more emphasis on vegetables and natural ways to preserve the flavour, such as salting, curing and brines. China is such a vast country - touching 14 international borders - and all regions have their own style and influence. It's incredible.

Where are your favourite places to eat in Ireland?

I loved finding the less ordinary restaurants and foods, especially with flavours from East Asia. Dublin's Capel Street has a few small, family-owned places to explore. They cook dishes with recipes that have been in their families for generations, which makes them special.

Neven Maguire

The popular chef is a TV presenter, author and owner of MacNean House and Restaurant in Co Cavan.

What world cuisine/flavour has most inspired you?

Most recently I was in Italy recording my new TV programme. Their food is very regional and they are so protective of their food and products.

What global foodie hotspots have you visited?

Thailand! I find this country very inspirational for its food and culture. The food is delicious and so fresh and the people are very respectful and kind.

What are this year's biggest food trends?

Fermentation is very big. Pickling, growing your own and foraging are still hugely popular, too. Eating less meat and more veg also. For me, trends will always come and go. Good food is about where your food comes from.

Where are your favourite places to eat in Ireland?

We are very lucky that there has never been a better time to eat in Ireland, with the variety and choice of restaurants and chefs. There really are too many good restaurants to pick one!

Roz Purcell

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Roz Purcell
 

Tipperary model Roz is the author of Natural Born Feeder, the cookbook named after her hit food blog.

What world cuisine/flavour has most inspired you?

Traditional Irish food has played a big part, as I grew up in a household where everything was homemade. One cookbook I love, which really made me experiment more with food, was Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi.

What global foodie hotspots have you visited?

I've been to Thailand and love traditional Thai food. The fresh fish is amazing there, and I could happily eat fish every day. When I book trips abroad, I do lots of research and plan my days around the food stops on my list.

What are this year's biggest food trends?

Fermented food is a big trend this year - and a great one. It's really important for gut health and people are recognising that. Also Irish seaweed is making an appearance in tonnes of our favourite dishes.

Where are your favourite places to eat in Ireland?

I love Honest to Goodness (Dame Court, Dublin 2) for breakfast and lunch. They offer lots of healthy choices and variety. For dinner I enjoy Rustic Stone (South Great George's Street, Dublin 2) - it's a real treat to go there. My favourite is the tuna steak.

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