My first food memory?
My grandfather trying to force me to eat just one brussels sprout at Christmas when I was about 4 years old. No thank you!
Best local area for restaurants?
I’m from Cork so for me some of the best restaurants can be found down in Kinsale.
Most recent enjoyable dining experience?
I just got back from Paris where my friend took me to a fondue and raclette restaurant. From the minute I stepped through the door I knew I was in foodie heaven.
Most visited restaurant?
Every time I am home from my travels I try pay a visit to Bunnyconnellan’s Bar and Restaurant down in Myrtleville. They have amazing food and it comes with one of the best views in Ireland.
Favourite celebrity chef?
I would have to say Rachel Allen…I like to support women and people from Cork!
Favourite TV food programme?
The Great British Bake Off is fantastic. I have a friend, Selene, who always tries to keep up with the show and I love seeing her incredible creations in real life!
The restaurant I would recommend to a visitor in your home city/town?
The Ivory Tower – I have only eaten there once but can still remember each and every unusual course that was put in front of me.
Restaurant/café that’s a hidden gem?
There’s a restaurant called The Cottage in County Leitrim that I totally fell in love with when I last visited. It’s kind of in the middle of nowhere but the food is out of this world.
Grogans on South William Street. Great for people watching and I love their toasties!
The food I dislike the most?
Seafood. Sadly I just can’t stomach it.
Favourite place for weekend brunch?
Noshington on South Circular Road.
Favourite healthy meal?
Chicken Caesar Salad wins me over any day. Not sure how healthy it is though!
My guilty pleasure?
The cheesecake in Acapulco Mexican restaurant on George’s street. I once went in there just to order the cheesecake. It’s that good.
The meal I make to impress my friends?
Thai curry. I did a Thai cooking course while in Thailand and now it’s the meal everyone expects whenever I’m cooking. I love spicy food so sometimes I may overdo it with the chilies!
If I owned a restaurant I would name it?
“From Around The World”.
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