Chef Gareth ‘Gaz’ Smith, who owns Michael’s and Little Mike’s in Mount Merrion, Dublin, is hosting a special Sligo Food Trail event this coming Tuesday 18th May at 10.30am.

Few restauranteurs have responded as effective as Chef Gaz has to the pandemic, and his positivity and relentless drive have made him a household name. The Sligo Food Trail open event Riveting Pivoting and Canny Cooking gives attendees a chance to hear his typically honest and frank assessment of all that has happened in the last 15 months and how he has responded.

Leaving school at 15 and starting work as a kitchen porter, Chef Gaz has worked in some of the best known restaurants in Ireland including Chapter One and The Chart House in Dingle. He also had a spell at the two Michelin star Ledbury in London and spent six years cooking in Vienna. He and his wife Rita took over Michael’s six years ago.

Gaz was hit hard by the pandemic but bounced back bigger and better than ever, running his restaurants successfully on a collection model and recently opening a new retail arm to his business and launching a range of branded sauces.

Bringing it all back home to Sligo, Gaz will be joined for a panel Q&A session by restauranteur Anthony Gray (Eala Bhán and Hooked) and Carolanne Rushe of Sweet Beat.

Tickets for Riveting Pivoting and Canny Cooking are free of charge. Registration is essential through

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