Chefs

We have an exciting range of chefs with us this year and some familiar faces join us on our demonstration stand throughout the weekend.

Neven Maguire

We're delighted to welcome Neven back to Strokestown and are looking forward to learning some more great tips from the master himself and of course taste some of the delicious dishes he is going to cook up for us on our demonstration stand over the course of the weekend.

Neven Maguire is one of Ireland’s best loved chefs. The restaurateur and media personality is well known for his award-winning MacNean House & Restaurant. He has published 12 cookbooks and is currently filming his 8th series of ‘Home Chef’ for RTE.

Neven began cooking at 12 years of age alongside his mother, Vera, in the kitchen of the MacNean House and Restaurant (then known as the MacNean Bistro), which was originally run by his parents in Blacklion. In 1992, he studied catering in Fermanagh College, Enniskillen, and won the prestigious Student of the Year Award. Even then his vision was clear – to share his passion for good food with diners who appreciated quality, imagination and the best of Irish produce.

Read more about Neven on his own site and get details of how you can learn from the master himself in his cookery school in Blacklion, Co. Cavan.

Neven Maguire

Edward Hayden

Edward makes his first vist to Strokestown for this years food fair and we're delighted that he can join us and he'll be cooking up a storm for everyone in the demonstration area.

Edward Hayden is a well-known chef and food writer/blogger and is very familiar to radio and television audiences from his weekly cookery slots on TV3′s Ireland AM and regular appearances on KCLR 96FM.

Edward works as a culinary lecturer at Waterford Institute of Technology and also regularly lectures in An Grianán, the Irish Countrywomen's Association Adult Education Centre. He has also done a nationwide culinary tour of Ireland giving cookery demonstrations at a variety of locations.

Read more about Edward on his own site and get details of how you can learn some skills in his cookery school.

Edward Hayden

David Porter

We're delighted to welcome David back to Strokestown this year and look forward to tasting some culinery delights from David's menu at Kilronan Castle.

David Porter, recently awarded Chef of the Year at The Irish Hotel Awards, and proud holder of a 2AA Rosette Award originates from Australia he moved to Ireland a number of years ago, he joined Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa with a view to showcase his talents and to take the guests dining experience to a whole new level. Through passion, drive, experience and knowledge David has dedicated his time to provide "consistency, creativity and giving the customer an incredible dining experience" using old school dishes which he learnt from many summers spent cooking with his Gran back home in Australia then putting his own contemporary twist on them. 'I was so lucky to spend time with her, the last really of that generation, who grew and cooked most of their own food.'

Read more about David and all that's to offer in Kilronan Castle.

David Porter

Kieron Moran

After the success of winning Best Product in 2018 Kieron Moran from Moran’s Mega Jam will take to the stage to speak about the art of making some of the finest jam’s in Ireland

Read more about Kieron and all the wonderful products available in the Moran's Mega Jam range.

Kieron Moran