Ross Lewis of Chapter One Restaurant was honoured for his leadership skills by Chef Network at the Kitchen Culture Symposium at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin, on the 19th November.

This was the third annual Kitchen Culture symposium, and saw those in the hospitality and foodservice industries join chefs in taking positive action to improve the industry and promote the chef profession, with a focus on leadership.

Ruth Hegarty, head of community at Chef Network, said: “Ross really is an exemplary leader; a highly skilled chef with a deep understanding of food, but also someone who could have excelled in any sector due to his business and leadership skills and his power to influence. Ross has not only been a mentor for many chefs, nurturing the next generation of Irish food talent who have gone on to do great things, he has been a powerful force in the development of Irish food over the past 20 years and his influence will continue to be felt for a long time to come.”

Ross originally studied for a degree in Dairy Science at University College Cork, but after his first experience working in kitchens while on a student visa in the United States he developed a passion for cooking and moved to London to learn the trade. Three years after returning to Ireland, Ross opened Chapter One in 1993 with Martin Corbett in Dublin’s Parnell Square.

Chapter One picked up a Michelin Star in 2007 and has retained it every year since. He opened a second restaurant, Osteria Lucio, in 2016. Many chefs have spent time under Ross’ tutelage, with Michelin Star chefs Garrett Byrne (Campagne, Kilkenny), Ahmet Dede (Mews, Cork), and Damien Grey (Liath, Dublin).

The Kitchen Culture symposium was focused on the topic of how to be a positive leader, and Ross Lewis spoke on this topic alongside chefs Paula Stakelum of Ashford Castle, Laura Dent of Gather & Gather, and Tom Flavin of the Limerick Strand Hotel.

The event also saw the launch of Chef Network’s new training and upskilling initiative, the Stage Listing supported by Nespresso Professional. Participating kitchens will be signed up to Chef Network’s Kitchen Workplace Charter, which was developed by network members last year.

Over 20 kitchens across the country have already signed up to the Stage Listing including Ashford Castle, Aniar Restaurant and One Pico Restaurant. The listing is open to establishments who wish to offer stage opportunities to other chefs, and available to chefs looking for training experience opportunities.

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