Spare a thought . . .

Spare a thought for all the chefs out there – tomorrow is Michelin Day – so this is like the day before their leaving cert results. Except they have to do it every year.I’ve worked with a few different chefs that hold or have held Michelin stars. They’re all quite different except in one regard… Continue Reading


Long read: What Ferran did next?

By Alex Meehan. First published in The Sunday Business Post, June 28th, 2015. It’s a relatively chilly day in April and chef Ferran Adria is walking a group of journalists around the elBulliFoundation buildings in Barcelona. It’s not what you’d expect as the latest expression of creativity from a man who is debatably the world’s… Continue Reading


No doubting Thomasina

By Alex Meehan. First published in The Sunday Business Post, April 20th, 2014. Former Masterchef UK winner Thomasina Miers is very far from typical of her peers. Nine years after her 2005 win she’s one of a very small number of people to actually win the competition and then turn that into a successful food… Continue Reading


Kevin Thornton’s Consuming Passions

By Alex Meehan. First published in The Sunday Business Post, June 2nd, 2013. When restaurateur and chef Kevin Thornton first opened his doors in Dublin along with his wife Muriel in 1989, he had no money, no equipment and not much in the way of expectations. His first kitchen had a cooker with two rings… Continue Reading


The Italian Job: Gennaro Contaldo

By Alex Meehan. First published in The Sunday Business Post, February 17th, 2013. Gennaro Contaldo is one of the most recognisable faces in the food world. A respected chef in his own right, he’s appeared in multiple TV series, written award winning food books and run successful restaurants but is still best known as mentor… Continue Reading


Catching up & soundbites . . .

It’s been a busy couple of months, and as a result the blog has suffered. As a professional writer, blogging is something I only really do if I’m not busy – (the last thing I want to do after a long day writing is write more.) Anyway, with Christmas approaching, I’ve got some down time,… Continue Reading