The Line-up of Chefs has been confirmed and Tickets for the 2012 Celtic Cook Off
on Wednesday 12th September at the West Cork Hotel
are now on sale!The event is a a light-hearted atmosphere that does not lose sight of the basic principles of the Taste of West Cork Festival. It shall again be hosted by John McKenna
, who as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, will conduct the event, talk to the Chefs regarding cooking methods, ingredients and techniques, and interact with the audience and judges.
Wednesday 12th September – Venue: West Cork Hotel
The Celtic Cook Off is held as part of the A Taste of West Cork Food Festival and hasproved very popular with the paying public, the local food producers, Fáilte Ireland, the media and all the Chefs involved. So much so that four of last year’s Chefs are returning to be involved in the Festival this year – Arty Williams of Cornwall, Roy Brett from Scotland, John Dixon from the Isle of Man and our own Irishman Martin Shanahan.
The basis of the Cook Off is to create a fun and informative Cooking Show that showcases the best of West Cork produce cooked simply yet with each Chef’s own interpretation and ideas.
The Celtic Nations Flag
The 2012 event has attracted another galaxy of top chefs from the Celtic regions to take part in what is becoming one of the landmark culinary events of the year.
The top celebrity chefs from the Celtic regions taking part include:
Scotland: Edinburgh born, Tony Singh has established himself as a leading force on the Scottish restaurant scene as co-founder of Oloroso, the highly acclaimed bar and restaurant in the heart of Scotland’s dynamic capital city.
Brittany: Stephane Delourme has worked at The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow for over a decade. He joined Rick and Jill Stein as head chef at their flagship establishment when he moved to Cornwall in 1998.
Isle of Man: David “Butch” Buttery, one-time owner of Tanroagan now has a business installing restaurant kitchens; he also cooks for exhibitions and private functions as well as being chef and recipe consultant for the Manx Organic Network and Island Seafoods.
Ireland: Gary O’Hanlon set up VM @ Viewmount House in Co. Longford in 2008. A beautiful Georgian Manor house once owned by Lord Longford with the Restaurant in the converted stables. Awards since then include Georgina Campbell’s “Sunday Lunch of the Year” 2012
Wales: Shaun Hill, a Michelin Star Chef, is to Cook for Wales. Shaun Hill runs The Walnut Tree Inn in Abergavenny, where the menu is an eclectic mix, based on personal taste and sound cooking techniques, rather than any particular country’s cuisine.
Cornwall: Jack Stein of The Seafood Restaurant, one-time sous chef at the restaurant now has a tournant role across the whole company and is currently the Head of Development, leading the introduction of a development kitchen for the business, where new recipes and ingredients will be tested.
Chefs at the 2011 Celtic Cook Off
Earlybird Tickets are €15 each including glass of wine at the end to toast the winner, but please note, tickets from 10th September will be €20.Seating is limited so book early to avoid disappointment!