• Celebrate Irish Cuisine this National Heritage Week

    National Heritage Week 2017 recognizes and honors the Nature and People of Ireland. Food is an essential part of Irish heritage – especially for Chef Network members - so we’ve compiled a list of Heritage Week events that celebrate one of the many great aspects of Irish life – the food!

    Join Sharon Noonan, presenter of the Best Possible Taste radio show and podcast, on a food tour of her hometown, Newcastle. Or, head to Connemara for another Tour of Food.

    Other excursions include Community Food and Farming with Derrybeg Farm, Foraging with the Kildare Library or explore with the Roscommon Historical and Archaeological society

    These are just a few of the many events planned across the country this week - and that’s not all. There’s even more food-themed fun happening across the country through the weekend at the Flood Fleadh Ballina and Taste of Donegal Festivals.

    Head down to Donegal for the county’s annual food festival Taste of Donegal, complete with many demonstrations that will continue to inspire even after the festival ends.

    Find details about these and even more events by visiting the Heritage Week site, and stay updated on Chef Network for more updates - and have a great weekend!

  • Ask Your Question, Share Your Story

    Join us at #KitchenCulture on Monday, July 3rd, to hear the answers to these questions - and provide your own!

     - How can we improve the culture and conditions in kitchens and in the food industry?
     - How should we attract new chefs?
     - How do we nurture talent? How should we train beginning chefs?
     - What are some practical steps that every chef can take to make the industry better?
     - How can chefs work together to inspire positive change?

    Join a panel of professional chefs including JP McMahon, Danni Barry, Darina Brennan, and Mark Anderson to discuss these questions, or

    SUBMIT YOUR QUESTION - whether you will be there or not, we want to know what questions you would like to hear answered.
    SHARE YOUR STORY of an action or moment that had a positive impact on your career or that other chefs could learn from or be inspired by.

     Share your questions, comments, stories by posting replies to this discussion.

    If you're coming to the event, let us know if you'd like to share your thoughts in person! (Time for comments/questions will be strictly limited and we won't be able to fit everything in, but we'll do our best).

    BE PART OF THE CONVERSATION - Help Make your Industry better

    If you haven't RSVP'd to #KitchenCulture yet, RSVP today to reserve your spot, comment below, and we'll see you there!

  • Chef Network & Calor launch Student Ambassador Programme

    Student Chefs take the lead in new initiative linking industry and education sectors

    Friday, 7th April: Chef Network, the professional network for chefs across Ireland, has launched the Chef Network Student Ambassador Programme in collaboration with Calor Gas. The initiative will see college students across Ireland engage with industry, network with professional chefs and participate in educational activities, all to promote and encourage the professional development of student chefs.

    Culinary Departments in colleges throughout Ireland are invited to appoint Chef Network Ambassadors who will be tasked with organising networking events and educational activities for their fellow students, and linking with local industry, helped along by Chef Network.

    The central focus of the Chef Network Student Ambassador Programme is to strengthen the relationships between student and professional chefs, encouraging students to take the lead in promoting the benefits of Chef Network and activating the network in their college. Chef Network allows student chefs to build their professional profile, join online communities and forums, attend education, training and networking events, as well as benefit from peer-to-peer learning, gain work experience and find jobs.

    The Chef Network Student Ambassador Programme is supported by Calor Gas, who this year celebrate 80 years in business and have a long-established relationship with the foodservice sector. Larry Smith, Domestic & Commercial Sales Representative, Calor Gas said, “We are delighted to be backing the Chef Network Student Ambassador Programme. Our company has worked closely with chefs  for over 80 years. Calor Gas is eager to support the chefs of the future and give back to the industry.”

    The Student Ambassador concept was originally piloted by IT Tallaght late last year and subsequently launched in Waterford Institute of Technology and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, all with great success. South West College in Fermanagh will be the first in Northern Ireland to launch Chef Network Student Ambassadors.

    The Chef Network Student Ambassadors at IT Tallaght organised a very successful Junior Chef Forum event for their fellow students, where they engaged in a speed networking event with 8 professional chefs. WIT Ambassadors have re-launched a Culinary Society and recently held a Chef Information Forum with industry chefs. GMIT Ambassadors are planning to invite industry chefs for skills workshops aimed at student chefs.

    Ruth Hegarty, Head of Community, Chef Network said, “The way that student chefs and culinary lecturers have taken this on is so encouraging. They have really embraced this concept and are eager to engage with industry. We recognise that students are much better placed than we are to communicate with other students and tell us what they want from the Network. We want Chef Network to benefit chefs at all stages of their career. These are the chefs of the future, so we need to make it relevant to them”.

    Culinary Lecturers, Department Heads and students interested in activating the Chef Netwotk Student Ambassador Programme are encouraged to sign-up for free to Chef Network at to discover the journey so far or contact us on


    The Butler’s Pantry today opens its second northside branch in Raheny, located in Raheny Shopping Centre on the Howth Road. This brings to eleven its total number of shops, nine in Dublin, with branches also in Bray and Greystones.
    “It’s a great way to mark thirty years of The Butler’s Pantry,” said Jacquie Marsh, Managing Director. “And we are delighted that Clontarf is no longer our only outpost north of the Liffey.

     “We remain true to the core values that have defined The Butler’s Pantry since the very beginning: making fresh food by hand and from scratch in our own kitchen, and delivering it to all our shops twice daily.”

    The Raheny opening comes at just the right time for busy north-siders with plans for Easter gatherings, and with First Holy Communions just around the corner. Some of the most popular dishes for springtime entertaining include delicious canapés of Confit Duck with Parma Ham and Plum Chutney, the award-winning Chicken with Artichoke and Wild Mushrooms, and Chocolate Marquise with Seasonal Berry Compote.
    The Raheny shop will host an official opening on Saturday April 29th, when shop manager Niamh McNally and her team will be on hand to introduce customers to The Butler’s Pantry’s Head of Food, Niall Hill, Executive Chef, Declan Dunne, and key suppliers including father and daughter craft butchers, Pat and Kate McLoughlin, Paul Talini of La Collina olive oil, and award- winning coffee roaster, Brian Kenny of Silverskin Coffee.  

    Each of The Butler’s Pantry’s eleven branches is open over the Easter Weekend, including Bank Holiday Monday, with freshly baked bread each day.

    And on Easter Tuesday, The Butler’s Pantry will launch its new lunchtime range – including sandwiches on its own stone-baked rustic breads, panini and burritos, and a range of salads for both on the move and at home, inspired by Niall Hill’s recent travels east and west.

    Jacquie Marsh and Niall Hill are available for interview.
    For further information contact: Jacquie Marsh

  • Chef Ireland Competition

    The Chef Ireland Competition Entry Form is now live, the Competitions will be taking place at CATEX 2017 in the RDS from 21-23 February.

  • Chef Network Thrives

    Chef Network Featured in Hospitality E News 16th November 2016

  • Chef Network Gathers Momentum Across Ireland

    Chef Network Featured in Hotel & Restaurant Times 16th November 2016

  • Upcoming Chef Network Gatherings - Mayo/Dublin/Fermanagh

    Chef Gatherings around the country, starting with the Lodge at Ashford, Cong. Co. Mayo on Thurs 24 Nov, Brioche restaurant in Ranelagh, D6 on Mon 28 Nov, and on to Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh on Wed 30 Nov. Join fellow chefs to learn, eat, chat, help make the industry better