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Chef Gary O’Hanlon Launches Taste of Place Programme

Award winning Irish Chef Gary O’Hanlon

Chef Gary O’Hanlon has teamed up with Fáilte Ireland to call on chefs across the country to participate in a Taste of Place training programme.

The Taste of Place training programme is designed to help chefs and culinary teams tap into the growing trend of food tourism by providing stand-out local and seasonal cuisine to tourists.

Award winning Chef Gary O’Hanlon said: “Irish food is the best it has ever been. Our natural produce is unparalleled internationally and today’s chefs need to work smarter than ever to ensure we put our best foot forward to deliver menus that are reflective of Ireland’s growing reputation. I am thrilled to help deliver Fáilte Ireland’s Taste of Place programme and I commend their vision and drive in promoting local produce through this programme.”

The programme will arm chefs with insights into how food motivates the tourist, provide the latest tourism trends and culinary concepts and underline the business benefits of sourcing locally.

Chefs Gary O’Hanlon, Executive Head Chef at Chateau du Coudreceau, France; Jess Murphy, Head Chef at Kai Restaurant, Galway; and Luke Mathews, Airfield Estate; are leading the two day workshops. Chefs and cooks responsible for food preparation, presentation and menu development will see first-hand a variety of dishes demonstrated using local ingredients.

The Taste of Place charter commits chefs to promote and celebrate Taste the Island, to strive to use local produce, to embrace a seasonal mindset and to strive to deliver quality and value for money.

Fáilte Ireland is calling on chefs to sign up to take part in the two day workshops this October and November by emailing

The workshops will take place in the following locations:

  • 8th – 9th October: Athlone Institute of Technology, cookery demonstration with Gary O’Hanlon
  • 15th – 16th October: Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, cookery demonstration with Jess Murphy
  • 22nd – 23rd October: Cork Institute of Technology, cookery demonstration with Gary O’Hanlon
  • 5t – 6th November: Airfield Estate, cookery demonstration with Luke Mathews

Tracey Coughlan, Food Tourism Manager with Fáilte Ireland commented: “This new programme is designed to support Fáilte Ireland’s latest three year food and drink initiative Taste the Island by equipping chefs across Ireland with the knowledge on the power and benefits of using local produce to deliver an unforgettable visitor experience.”


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