About High Living's editor Robert Jacob and contributing guest writers and chefs.
Following an award-wining career as a Fashion designer, I swapped high fashion for fine dining and to pursue my real love of food and wine.
A classically trained chef with a background nurtured in some of Dublin and London Michelin star establishments, among others Gordon Ramsay in London, Chapter One in Dublin & the 5* boutique hotel The Dylan in Dublin.
If you are feeling dampened by a dull rainy day, will away the grey clouds and lift your spirits with a great meal and a good bottle of wine.
Or indulge yourself with a dinner date in a fabulous restaurant – this is the perfect time for dressing up and escaping into your wildest fantasies.
A combination of both will take you to a level of natural connect. As quoted by one of my favourite chefs – Gordon Ramsay – “I have always loved food, I loved the enjoyment of it. I am not a gourmand, I just love the excitement of it”.
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A Culinary graduate of Cork institute of technology, in 2008 after couple of years at the helm at Fenns Quay Restaurant I took over the running of the restaurant, winning many accolades for the restaurant and the constant promotion of local and Irish products. I am currently am on the board of commissioners of Eurotoque Ireland
In July of 2017 after 9 years running the restaurant a decision was taken to step down from Fenns Quay. One of my proudest moments of being at the helm of the restaurant is the chefs and front of house people and suppliers that passed through the doors I look forward to the next chapter of my career what ever that maybe.
Mona Wise is a freelance journalist living in her home town, Galway, Ireland, with her husband Ron and their two children Rori and Jack. Wise and her husband (Chef, Master Baker and Graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, NY) have worked in the Restaurant Service industry, in Ireland, USA and Switzerland for 30+ yrs.
Wise, is a graduate of the BA in Creative Writing at NUI Galway. She published her first book in 2013 (The Chef & I. A Nourishing Narrative) and wrote a weekly food & recipe column for The Sunday Times for two years, before completing her MA in Journalism, also at NUI Galway. She has been widely published in most of the Irish National Newspapers and magazines. Notorious for writing honest reviews of restaurants, hotels and food, both in Ireland and abroad, the feedback offered is constructive, never personal.That would be unprofessional and go against her code of ethics.
Ross Golden-Bannon is a leading figure in the publishing and food world and a renowned project director of major publishing works. He is the co-founder of The Guerrilla Gourmet Club with Robert Lee-Mulcahy; the editor-in-chief of'FEAST – a Dinner Journal' with Donal Skehan.
He was restaurant critic for The Sunday Business Post from October 2000 to February 2014 and editor of FOOD&WINE Magazine from May 2008 to July 2013. He is the author of the ebook 'How to Write About Food' and a member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild . He is a board member of Marriage Equality and is presently the Independent candidate for Seanad Éireann on the NUI (National University of Ireland) Panel.
Dee Laffan is a freelance food journalist and editor. She is an active member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild and Slow Food Dublin.
Dee is currently editor of YesChef magazine and has written for Georgina Campbell's Guides, Hotel & Restaurant Times and The Sunday Times. She is a judge in the RAI's Foodie Towns and Restaurant Awards, as well as Blas na hÉireann and the Irish Quality Food Awards.
Sommelier at Dublin's award winning Chapter One Restaurant since 2010, a lover of all things vinous! Awarded the prestigious Sommelier of The Year at the 2012 Food and Wine Magazine awards, he enthusiastically shares his passion for wine.
Having taken a circuitous route which included various stints as a bass guitarist, sound engineer and record producer, he arrived at the fledgling Ely Winebar where he gained a wealth of experience over a ten year period. "I feel blessed having had the opportunity to meet, travel to and taste with some of the World's greatest winemakers. Of particular excitement at the moment is the advance in technology that allows us to pour finer wines by the glass without the worry of spoilage. This is an amazing time to be a wine lover, with wines available from more diverse grapes and regions, as well as a massive leap in quality from more traditional sources".
Elke O’Mahony is a food writer for the Cork Independent with a weekly column on food related topics as well as being the producer and host of The Food Affair on Cork City 100.5FM.
Elke founded Bia Sásta in 2011,and her food events are well received affairs celebrating local chefs and food producers around the Cork area. Elke’s love for food started when she lived in Turkey aged 17 where She discovered the exotic colours and effervescence of markets ,all while learning from local housewives, how to cook with these fresh ingredients. What stuck in her mind was how great food could bring people together, making friends out of strangers or simply bringing happiness to faces and bellies.
Elke talks, lives and breathes food and her passion for good food is her calling card.
JP McMahon is a restaurateur, Michelin * chef of Aniar and educator. He is Culinary Director & owner of three restaurants under the brand Eat Galway – Aniar Restaurant, Cava Bodega and Eat Gastropub. He travels nationally and internationally giving demonstrations and lectures.
After working behind the scenes for many years JP and his wife Drigin opened Cava Restaurant, their first venture,in 2008. Cava very quickly became the hottest spot in town offering a unique and fun atmosphere. They then went on to take over the food aspect of Massimo bar on William Street through their gastropub offering of high quality, accessible food for all. In 2011 JP and Drigin opened another restaurant next door to Cava, this time a very different restaurant targeting a different style of diner – Aniar. Aniar translates as 'from the west'. Aniar and it's unique philosophy gained a Michelin Star in 2012. One of the few, if not first, Michelin Stars in Galway.
JP runs frequent award-winning cooking classes in Aniar. He also teaches school students via the Food Education program. He is passionate about preserving food from curing to pickling and fermentation. He is a keen nose to tail dining enthusiast. His restaurants share is philosophy ofworking with farmers and primary producers in order to achieve a more direct connection with food and land.
Jp is chairperson for the Galway Food Festival 2014, he held this position for the inaugural event in 2012 and again in 2013.He sits on the Food Council of EuroToques. He is a Food Ambassador for Failte Ireland and was invited by Failte Ireland to speak atToronto Hospitality Symposium Terroir in 2013. Jp is first Irish person to the represent Ireland with the esteemed Cook It Raw foundation.
He lives in Galway with his wife and business partner Drigin and his two children, 5 year old Heather and 2 year old Martha.
Appointed Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland in 2009, Adrian has increased RAI membership significantly as well as establishing a National Restaurants Awards. With a keen interest in politics and current affairs he's played a dominant role in lobbying for the reduction of VAT in Ireland to nine per cent for food bills in restaurants and has recently applied for funding to establish a Professional Cookery Apprenticeship Scheme taking 220 long-term unemployed off the live register.
In 2013 he spearhead the KeepVat9 publicity / political campaign for the retention of the 9% vat rate for Tourism carrying this through to 2014 and 2015. Adrian through his work in the RAI has also founded the annual Foodie Towns Award, a competition highlighting all the excellent produce, restaurants, talents and foodie destinations in Ireland.
In the past Adrian has held the position of Chief Executive of Marketing English in Ireland and the Irish Hospitality Institute. He currently sits on various boards including the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation, Food Safety Authority Catering Forum, Drinks Industry Group of Ireland, National Hygiene Partnership Committee, Irish Food Service Alliance, National Tourism Strategy Committee for The Gathering 2013 and the Irish Academy for Hospitality and Tourism. Retired from Inter County Hurling at a young age , Adrian still actively participates as a coach to DIT College & Knockbridge Hurling Teams.
Domini trained as a chef at Leith's in London in 1996, before co-writing New Irish Cooking and working in the Michelin-starred Peacock Alley, Dublin. In 1999, the Kemp sisters opened the first itsa on Abbey Street. There are now four branches of the itsa stores. They also run cafes including itsa @ IMMA and The Gallery Café in the National Gallery of Ireland, plus Table Restaurant in Brown Thomas, Cork.
The sisters have expanded into other areas over the years, including outdoor catering and event management (FEAST Catering). They are resident wedding caterers in Powerscourt House, Co. Wicklow. In 2012 they co-founded, "Hatch & Sons Irish Kitchen" which is located in The Little Museum of Dublin, specializing in casual, Irish artisan fare.
Domini was food-writer for The Irish Times Saturday Magazine from 2008-2016. She contributed to "History on a Plate" on RTE Radio 1 with Catherine Cleary and Dr Juliana Adelman. Over the years she has contributed to many publications and was columnist for both Image and The Dubliner Magazine. She regularly appears on the Today show on RTE, and was a mentor on RTE's "The Taste of Success".
The sisters won the IMAGE “Businesswoman of the Year” award, November 2009 and were nominated as one of the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, in 2011.
They opened a new specialty coffee shop, called "Joe's" in Arnotts in October 2013, which has expanded to three branches, including one in Kildare Village. After her breast cancer diagnosis in 2013, Domini drastically changed her eating habits and to coincide with this change of direction to low-carb & healthy fat eating, they opened the health, juice and whole foods store “Alchemy Juice Co", recently re-located to Leeson Street.
Domini's fifth cook-book, "The Ketogenic Kitchen" was released in Spring 2016, co-written by Nutritional Therapist, Patricia Daly. It has recently been released in North America and has been a best-seller both here in Ireland and the US.
Domini lives in Dublin with her husband and two children. She makes them eat a lot of kale.