Dylan McGrath is definitively Ireland’s most well-known chef. We’re fascinated with him: with watching him change from the panic-inducing owner of Mint to the more loveable, if still somewhat intimidating judge on MasterChef.
Today he runs two of Dublin’s most popular eateries, Rustic Stone and Fade Street Social, both whose distinct styles stand out in the Dublin dining scene.
We caught up with him to find out a bit more about his favourite places, his opinion on dining out in Dublin, and see what he’s going to come up with next.
Naturally, we’re curious about where a celebrity chef likes to eat in a town like Dublin. When asked about his favourite spots, it’s quickly apparent that he still has a taste for fine food.
Ireland has seen its fair share of changes in recent years, with many of its most popular restaurants closing and more opening in their stead. For Dylan, in order to make it now you’ve got to focus on innovation.
More than ever, restaurants are relying on the loyalty of their customers, and Dylan agrees.
It appears that some restaurants around town are better at executing excitement and value than others. “I think a lot of places overprice what they’re presenting.
Dylan has travelled the world and draws inspiration from international cuisine. But for him, it’s all about bringing the best of abroad home and making it better.
The customers are coming back for seconds, night after night in his bustling restaurants. It’s clear that he’s found a winning formula, but when asked how he’s helped influence the dining scene in Dublin, he’s nothing but humble.
With innovation dominating the conversation, we wonder what he’s got up his sleeve and where he’ll take us next.
It’s clear that Dylan’s focus, drive and creativity brought him to this position of success, and no doubt we’ll be looking forward to experiencing his latest vision.