Dublin, Ireland. History:
At only 15-years-old, I was given a dream chance in a Michelin Starred restaurant L’Ecrivain under Chef Patron Derry Clark, learning from his mentor and succumbing to a passion of the kitchen that would take me worldwide. I worked throughout the UK and Europe, including Gleneagles Hotel Scotland and then travelled to Australia in 2012 to head up the Best Steak House restaurant in NSW, awarded in both 2013 and 2014 at Prime Restaurant Sydney. I’m now starting my next journey at the award winning* ABODE Bistro & Bar.
*TAA best Metropolitan Restaurant 2015.Have you always wanted to be a Chef?
As a child I was always behind my mother’s apron strings, sampling all the delights she created. Whilst being her constant helping hand, she taught me the basic skills that became the stepping stone for my career. Even my grandfather had an influence as he would cook up some wonderful meals – pot dishes like rabbit stew or Dublin coddle.
How would you define your style?
Rustic innovation. What is your feature flavour these days?
At the moment orange, root vegetables and caramel.
Obsessive compulsive about?
Having the right spoons for service in the kitchen!
Your greatest culinary inspirations/influences:
My son Derry (also a chef) and Marco Pierre White.
What do you love about this business?
I am always learning and trends are always changing.
An ingredient you can’t live without?
Most ‘eyebrow raising’ menu item?
I would like to say the scallops, but I think it will be the chicken pate.
Pan seared scallops, Cauliflower purèe, pickled radish, shaved broccoli, pancetta and lemon oil – come in and try it!
For a stylish and modern dining experience in Sydney with the picturesque Darling Harbour at your feet, visit Abode Bistro Bar. Nestled in the Parkroyal Darling Harbour complex, Abode effortlessly combines comfort, sophistication and a distinctive Modern Australian menu in one sleek package, complete with wooden shutters and exquisite white floral panelling. With strawberry siesta in hand, unwind in the elegant decking or lounge area before moving to the modern dining room, equipped with an open kitchen. Start with slow cooked pork belly before indulging in seasonal mains such as Cone Bay barramundi with crab meat risotto, semi-dried cherry tomatoes, pearl onions and mixed herb salad or perhaps the rack of lamb with lamb shoulder croquette and aubergine caviar.