Monday 23 April 2018

Taste of Dublin 2016: The best cookery demos you need to see at this year’s festival

Neven Maguire at Taste of Dublin.
Neven Maguire at Taste of Dublin.
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The countdown is on for Taste of Dublin 2016, which kicks off this weekend (June 16-19) in the Iveagh Gardens. While the festival offers revellers the chance to visit some of Ireland’s best-loved restaurants in one evening, Taste of Dublin is also the place to pick up tips from some of the industry’s most respected stars.

The Electrolux Taste Theatre will prove to be a hub of inspiration throughout the weekend, with top chefs from Ireland and further afield taking to the stage. Here are the ones not to be missed.


Neven Maguire

Neven Maguire at Taste of Dublin.

Stage Times: Thursday, 18:30; Friday, 15:30, 18,30; Saturday 18:30

Award-winning chef Neven Maguire will take a break from MacNean House and Restaurant to cook for the masses this weekend at Taste of Dublin. The chef is a regular fixture at the festival and will be demonstrating one of his restaurant’s favourites. Neven will also be dishing up his tips and tricks in the Electrolux Chef’s Secret’s tent at 1PM on Friday.


Mark Moriatry

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Stage Times: Friday, 19:30

San Pellegrino World Young Chef of the Year Mark Moriarty will take to the stage during Friday’s evening session. The 24-year-old won the coveted title last year and the accolade has taken him around there world where he has cooked in kitchens in London, Milan, Alta Badia, Melbourne, Sydney, Charleston, Singapore, Amalfi and Paris.


Cathal Armstrong

Chef Cathal Armstrong

Stage Times: Thursday 15:30; Friday 21:15

Dublin born chef Cathal Armstrong is one of the best demos to catch at this year’s festival. The James Beard Best Chef nominee will take to the stage on Thursday and Friday of the festival and will be on the Chefs’ Secret’s stage to dish his tips and tricks throughout the weekend.

For his work on ending childhood obesity, the White House honoured Armstrong as a “Champion of Change” in April 2011 and in Fall 2011, President and Mrs. Obama celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary in his restaurant, Eve. At Taste, Armstrong will be demoing his ‘President Obama Stew’.


Rachel Allen

Rachel Allen says its time to 'veg out'

Stage Times: Saturday 14:30, 19:30

Rachel Allen will visit the festival on Saturday, where she will demonstrating how to smoke your own salmon at home. She will also be dishing up her tips at the Chefs’ Secrets tent on Saturday at 17:45.


Ross Lewis

Chef Ross Lewis at the Chapter One launch of the 5th Galway Food Festival. Photo: Robbie Reynolds

Stage Times: Friday, 13:30; Saturday 12:30

Chapter One’s Ross Lewis is a Taste of Dublin regular and will take to the Electrolux Stage throughout the weekend but his recipe is still to be decided. Revellers can also capture a taste of Chapter One at the festival, as its set to pop up in Iveagh Gardens this weekend. A Barry’s Tea and Chapter One collaboration will also be found on site for the second year in a row.


Paul Kelly

Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly, at the launch of TV3’s ‘The Great Irish Bake Off’, sponsored by Odlums at The Merrion Hotel,Dublin .The Great Irish Bake Off airs Thursday 19th September, at 9pm on TV3. TV3 launched ‘The Great Irish Bake Off’ at the Merrion Hotel Dublin, home of Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly. Paul will judge this year’s Great Irish Bake Off contestants alongside fellow judge, actor and food writer Biddy White Lennon. Pix Brian McEvoy No repro fee for one use

Stage Times: Sunday 19:30

Paul is perhaps best known for his role on Great Irish Bake Off and The Merrion Hotel’s executive pastry chef will be leading a demonstration on the last day of the festival


Simon Lamont

Simon Lamont (right) pictured at the The Open Gate Brewery ‘Taste of Beer’, featuring some of Ireland’s top artisan food producers who are exhibiting at Taste of Dublin next ,

Stage Times: Thursday, 19:30; Friday 20:30

Otherwise known as ‘The Lazy Chef’, Simon Lamont last year established a hugely successful oyster bar, Shuck, in London’s Borough Market. The chef will be demonstrating his Shito Prawns and Squid Bocodillos on the Electrolux Stage.

Taste of Dublin in Ivegah Gardens runs from June 16 until June 19.

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