Ireland is a truly beautiful place. It has a rich history, stunning traditional art and some of the most gorgeous vistas in all of Europe. But without a doubt, one of the best gifts Ireland has given to the world is its food. While coddle, Colcannon and soda bread remain among the most delicious offerings. Ireland has spawned not only amazing recipes but some absolutely genius chefs. We’d like to introduce you to some of the most talented culinary masters to come out of The Emerald Isle…
Chef Richard Corrigan
Any list regarding superb Irish cuisine HAS to start with the legendary Richard Corrigan. Born and raised in County Meath, Corrigan took his immense talent first to the Netherlands and then to London. He earned his first Michelin Star as head chef at Stephen Bull in 1994. And his second Michelin Star at Lindsay House in 1997. He opened the world-renowned Corrigan’s in Mayfair. With many of the raw ingredients coming from his 150-acre estate, the Virginia Park Lodge. And while we’re talking of Richard Corrigan’s flagship restaurant, another phenomenal Irish chef has found his home there.
Chef Robin Gill
A more down to earth, but no less incredible menu is offered by the inimitable Robin Gill. Having studied under one of cooking’s ultimate gods, Raymond Blanc, Gill is all about seasonal produce when it comes to his cuisine, making sure his diners receive the best quality produce, whatever the time of year. He has redefined Clapham as a hot foodie destination and his dining repertoire includes The Dairy, Counter Culture and Sorella. Having learned the recipe at the legendary Oak room, one of Gill’s most decadent dishes is the Robuchon potato – mash like you’ve never experienced before.
Chef Anna Haugh
Another testament to the talent pool of Ireland is the terrific Anna Haugh. At only 40 years old, Haugh has some mind-blowing entries on her resume, including the former l’Ecrivain, Pied à Terre and Bob Bob Ricard. Having been mentored by the one and only Gordon Ramsay, Haugh opened her first solo restaurant just a couple of years ago – the sophisticated and truly Irish Myrtle, situated in Chelsea. Whatever you order, be sure to start your meal with their signature Martini cocktail – Irish Dingle gin, Cointreau, homemade Myrtle berries syrup and a slice of orange zest.
Chef Clare Smyth
We wouldn’t be doing this list justice if we didn’t mention the Queen of Fine Dining – Clare Smyth. Named the world’s, yes the WORLD’S best female chef in 2018, County Antrim born Clare Smyth is a true inspiration for female chefs to make their mark on a traditionally male-dominated industry. Her 3-Michelin Star restaurant Core by Clare Smyth in Kensington remains one of the top dining destinations in London, with dishes so gorgeously crafted, they’re almost a shame to eat. And Core offers an absolutely fantastic gift opportunity – if you want to give your parents a unique anniversary present, plan a once in a lifetime dinner to pop that special question, or treat your dearest friends to a sublime fine dining experience, the restaurant offers gift vouchers, starting at £125 per person. It’s a super original gift idea – and one that certainly will be remembered for years!