Thanks to social media we have now constant access to the real-time musings of chefs all across Ireland.
280 characters at a time, or square by square on Instagram, those who devote their lives to food fill in the gaps between our visits to their restaurants not only with a generous serving of new dishes in the works and the provenance of ingredients they source, but also a sprinkling of the banter in the kitchen and a portion of their views on industry issues.
At the same time as the line between chef and de facto celebrity continues to blur, thanks to their increasing visibility on TV and across various social media platforms, chefs views are growing in relevance.
Food is political topic after all. There are few topics that influence our communities, our health, and our societal values quite as much. More and more we are seeing chefs stepping up to bring important issues to our attention.
So, we’ve gathered up a list of our favorite chefs across Ireland to follow on Twitter and Instagram, if you’re not yet following all of them, get on it.
Tweet us @thetaste_ie using #FollowtheFlavour to let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorites.
Closing in on 50,000 tweets, it’s safe to say that JP McMahon is one of the most active Irish chefs on Twitter. As well as sharing behind the scenes action from his three Galway restaurants, he uses Twitter, as well as Facebook and Instagram, as a platform to champion and change Irish food culture, document his travels to kitchens all over the world, and promote his international chef symposium, Food on the Edge.
While a visit to Dublin’s Michelin starred The Greenhouse might be a rare treat, by following head chef Mickael Viljanen on Instagram, where he shares most often, you’ll get almost daily insights into the fascinating creative process behind each dish and a sneak peek at new menu additions. Give him a follow and you might find the gaps between those rare trips becoming smaller as a result…
One of the most sought after Pastry chefs in Ireland, rising star Aoife Noonan has gone from Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud to Luna and is currently settled in Glovers Alley. What has remained consistent, however, is the intricacy and innovation of her pastry work which she documents frequently on social. Keep an eye on her Insta stories to follow her dining around Dublin too.
Wild Irish Pheasant 2017 …. good example of a dish what keeps evolving over the years , basic flavours and principles stay the same , the execution just becomes more mature #signature #thisisirishfood @cliffhousehotel pic.twitter.com/5HEhuKIO9W
— Kajuiter (@Kajuiter) January 5, 2018
Martin Kajuiter may call himself ‘just a simple chef’ on his Twitter bio but the exacting work of the Executive Chef of the Cliff Hotel group, as evidenced by the twitpics he shares of dishes on social media, is anything but. He’s not afraid to state his opinions either, and we salute him for that.
A regular chef contributor on various TV and radio shows, you can keep up to date with the goings on of serial restaurateur Oliver Dunne on Twitter in particular, where he isn’t shy of speaking about forwarding the issues affecting chefs and restaurant owners in Ireland.
The chef that breaks down what exactly goes into our food on RTE’s What Are You Eating, Hilary O’Hagan Brennan’s social media feed is a colourful illustration of her work and life. From her role as a founding member of Athrú and executive chef of 3fe and Five Points, to what wine and cookbooks she’s loving and the creative dishes she whips up in minutes at home after a long day at work.
— gareth mullins (@garmullins) March 3, 2018
Through social media Gareth Mullins shares with us the inner workings of the kitchens operating inside the five star Marker Hotel, actively champions the causes of Chef’s Network and Eurotoques, and brings us behind the scenes during his regular TV3 Six O’Clock show appearances.
New flavors of chocolate and Guinness,set milk,stout cream, roasted barley shortbread,hot chocolate mousse,Guinness crisp,milk ice cream @valrhonauk @ChapterOneDub @VanessaHogs @OpenGateBrewery @GuinnessIreland #thisisirishfood pic.twitter.com/jGnm5V8vqh
— Darren Hogarty (@StanPastry) March 10, 2018
From perfecting the simplicity of organic malt sourdough to experimenting with yuzu and Guinness, Head pastry chef Darren Hogarty takes us behind the pass and into the cool marble-topped counters of the pastry section in Michelin starred restaurant Chapter One.
Grab a pair of shades before you click through to Cork-based Japanese chef Miyazaki’s social media feed, then indulge in an exploration of the fascinating flow of alien and exotic dishes and ingredients he creates at his eponymous restaurant, Miyazaki, and its new fine dining sister restaurant Ichigo.
— Bryan McCarthy (@newfoodie2012) March 5, 2018
The chef behind two of Cork’s most innovative new openings, Cask and Bao Bai, as well as the consistently great Greene’s restaurant, Bryan McCarthy uses social media to showcase his many iterations of Irish food, from fast food to fine dining, and to actively engage with and support other members of the Irish food community.
Just as he has invited home cooks hungry to expand their repertoire into his own kitchen with his new venture KOOKS, through social media, one of Ireland’s most esteemed chefs Kevin Thornton invites you along as he continues his explorations of the globe and adventures in food.
Paul Flynn serves up an engaging and entertaining mix of food and wit from his base in Waterford, The Tannery. On Twitter Paul has been known to share the secret to his Sunday roast duck tweet by tweet, while on Instagram it’s all about from slow cooked veal pie to Irish cream semifreddo.
Erica grew up with a baker and confectioner for a father and a mother with an instinct and love for good food. It is little wonder then that, after completing a law degree, she went on to do a Masters in Food Business at UCC. With a consuming passion for all things food, nutrition and wellness, working with TheTaste is a perfect fit for Erica; allowing her to learn and experience every aspect of the food world meeting its characters and influencers along the way.