The Callen Celtic Kitchen
An Irish Food Revolution
If you think Irish food is heavy, bland and boring, think again. The great Irish food revolution is well underway. It owes its success, in part, to its focus on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients - bountiful produce, grass-fed meats and dairy, and an abundance of seafood - as well as a bevy of well-trained chefs and the public's appetite.
Modern Irish chefs experiment with their food, mixing traditional and modern tastes, and are inspired by the world in as many ways as they have spread throughout the diaspora. Visit the Callen Celtic Kitchen and join the movement! Head to the schedule page, and use the filter option (click Celtic Kitchen) to specifically view the Celtic Kitchen schedule!
Chef Martin O'Donnell - Executive Head Chef at The West Restaurant, Galway
Martin trained and worked in many of Galway's and Ireland's finest restaurants before taking up position of Head Chef at The Pins Gastro Bar. Under his direction, it quickly became one of Galway's top casual eateries; winning 'The Best Gastro-Pub in Ireland’ and numerous other accolades. The Pins was recently acclaimed with its first culinary Star Rosette from The Automobile Association's Food Academy.
Martin took on the role of Executive Head Chef of The Twelve to bring his talents to West at The Twelve. West has gone on to become a finalist in the 'Best Hotel Restaurant in Ireland' and has won a Gold Medal Finalist award for 'Best Bistro in Ireland.' It has also been awarded two culinary rosettes for creative excellence and is heavily tipped at Michelin star level.
With a style of cooking that focuses on local and seasonal ingredients – traditional dishes with a contemporary twist - Martin's passion is using local producers who are passionate about their produce. True to the region, True to the season.
Want to Volunteer?
You don't need to be a chef to be a part of the Callen Celtic Kitchen experience! For free admission, food & discounted volunteer parking, sign up for a shift or two as a volunteer in the kitchen, using our sign-up form. Choose "Volunteer At Large" and add Callen Celtic Kitchen in the comments to direct your request! Thank you!
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