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Just like mum makes: Irish chefs on the influence their mothers had on their cooking

 

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Holly Dalton and her mum Martina Dalton

Holly Dalton and her mum Martina Dalton

John Kelly and his mother Ellen

John Kelly and his mother Ellen

JP and his mother Carol

JP and his mother Carol

Rebecca Harte and her mother Kate

Rebecca Harte and her mother Kate

Grainne Mullins and her mother Esther

Grainne Mullins and her mother Esther

Neven Maguire and his later mother Vera

Neven Maguire and his later mother Vera

Ross Lewis and mother Margaret

Ross Lewis and mother Margaret

Sham Hanifa and his mother Nancy

Sham Hanifa and his mother Nancy

Lily Ramirez-Foran and her mother Amelia Garza De Ramirez

Lily Ramirez-Foran and her mother Amelia Garza De Ramirez

Katie Sanderson and her mother Veronica

Katie Sanderson and her mother Veronica

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Holly Dalton and her mum Martina Dalton

These chefs may be at the top of their cooking game now, but their love of food can traced all the way back to childood. They share some of the lessons they learned in their mothers' kitchens

Holly Dalton, Head Chef at Bobby's wine bar on baggot street, and her mum Martina Dalton

"Don't ask your guests how they want their beef cooked." It's not something a chef should say, but after watching my mum host dinner parties throughout the 1990s and 2000s it's a creed I've come to base my own gatherings around.

When you first start having friends over as an adult, it's natural that you want them to feel looked after, especially at a dinner party. During the Celtic Tiger years, Irish dinner parties followed the 'aperitifs, canapés and notions served for mains' format.