Saturday 19 January 2019

Neven Maguire calls in to Redmond Farm in Craanford

Head chef Val Murphy and Neven Maguire
Head chef Val Murphy and Neven Maguire
Horticulturist Andrea McCann and Neven Maguire

Sara Gahan

Celebrity chef Neven Maguire paid a visit to the Redmond Farm in Craanford to see first hand what makes it so special for his RTÉ show 'Neven's Irish Food Trails'.

The success of the farm, which received the Origin Green Bord Bia award recently, is down to brothers Tom and Pat Redmond who are also proud owners of the Ashdown Park Hotel and Amber Springs Hotel.

The 300-acres of land provides top quality Angus beef and a variety of tasty vegetables for the two hotels in Gorey.

Land owners Tom and Pat told Neven they rear 530 heifers from calves every year and kill 10 heifers per week.

'Between the two hotels, we produce about 6,000 beef meals each week,' said Pat.

The brothers only keep heifers as they find them 'tastier' and start to kill them from 18-months old. Pat said they are killed within a 10-mile radius of the hotels.

As part of the visit, Neven had a great discussion with farm horticulturist Andrea McCann, who shared the incredible variety of vegetables they produce for the hotels.

'We place a bionet the minute we plant the veg,' said Andrea. 'All of the tops and trimmings from them are put into the diet feeder for the heifers, and in return the dung is spread back on the land. It is a continuous cycle.'

Afterwards, Neven headed to the Ashdown Park Hotel where he was greeted by head chef Val Murphy who cooked him an award-winning dish from the Rowan Tree Restaurant.

Val prepared and cooked a trio of beef tasting plate, which included a medallion of fillet, a slow-cooked braised short rib and brisket that was cooked for 24-hours.

'Everything we cook in the kitchen comes from the Redmond Farm,' added Val.

Neven praised Val for his melt-in-the-mouth beef and thanked him for his 'absolutely beautiful dish'.

Gorey Guardian