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Celebrating my food heroes of 2018

Wednesday, 19th December, 2018 4:58pm

Christmas is knocking on the door already – I love this time of year.

The weather is normally awful and I like to snuggle up on the sofa with a cozy blanket and a hot port. This is also the time of year when I get asked a lot more food questions.

What is the best stuffing? What to do to keep the turkey moist? You get the idea.

This time of year is also the time when I look back over the year and think about all the food producers, chefs and other people in the food industry who have impressed me. And I thought I would share my food heroes with you.

First up is Michael Creedon of Bradley’s in North Main Street. A quiet man with a big heart for food producers who are just starting and his community - he supports start-up businesses with shelf space. His knowledge on wine and beer is legendary and he is always helpful when I am looking for something special.

Judy Wilkins of Rising Sons Brewery. I am proud to call Judy a friend now after years of beer talk and working on some projects together. Her knowledge on the history of brewing is mesmerizing and she is a powerhouse in the industry.

Mairead and Richard Jacobs of Idaho – the magic duo behind one of Cork’s best-known cafes. They don’t care about trends – they stick to their guts and providing the most relaxed atmosphere in town, even on a busy day. Great food and great service – if you are in need of a smile, here is where you get it.

Mags Curtin of The Pastry Fork is one of the best bakers I have met. I still use her recipe for lemon curd that she published in the first Café Paradiso Cookbook. She is now offering afternoon teas for celebrations, which keeps her busy throughout the year. On Sundays, you can find her at Blackrock Farmer’s Market.

The next one is a group of chefs I had the pleasure of working with over many years but especially this year.

I called them my musketeers when they created the most amazing menu for the Cork Cheese Dinner. Kate Lawlor, Pam Kelly, Christine Girault and Francesca Jara are bloody good chefs who don’t compromise on quality and keep supporting Cork’s producers.

There are too many outstanding food producers and chefs to name them all and some people might not agree with me – and that is the beauty of opinions.

Last but not least, I’d like to thank the Cork Independent for still letting me write about my favourite subject and the wonderful readers of my column. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas – see you next year!

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