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!
Check out this year's featured chefs:
- Chef Tom Flavin - Limerick, Ireland
- Johnny Harte - Co-Founder of Five Farms, Cork, Ireland
About Chef Flavin
This year’s featured chef in the Callen Celtic Kitchen at Irish Fest is Tom Flavin, a chef and food consultant from Limerick, Ireland. Flavin grew up on a dairy farm in West Limerick and has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He started his career in Manila where his passion for food was enhanced working with a like-minded multinational brigade of chefs. Prior to returning to Ireland in 1999, he worked in many 5 star hotels throughout the world such as:
- Raffles Hotel Singapore
- The Dorchester Hotel London, UK
- Hanbury Manor in Hardfordshire UK
- The Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns, Australia
- The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
- The Intercontinental Hotel Manila, Philippines
and in a variety of 5* hotel kitchens and fine dining restaurants in Australia and Philippines.
Flavin has spent 22 years in Limerick as an Executive Chef and opened the Hilton Hotel Limerick in 2007. He is a member of Eurotoques Ireland and a former Fáilte Ireland Food Champion promoting local food and tourism along the Wild Atlantic Way.
You can catch his Irish cuisine demonstrations at the Callen Celtic Kitchen all weekend long at the festival.
2023 Festival Recipes
Are You a chef? Do you own a Restaurant?
Are you a chef or restaurant interested in doing cooking demonstrations during Irish Fest at our Celtic Kitchen? We would love for you to share your Celtic or Irish food story with us.
Email us here.