Date: Sun 1st May
Venue: Festival Marquee
Connemara born Jonathan Keane is the award winning Head Chef at The Lodge at Ashford Castle.
A graduate of GMIT Jonathan was surrounded by inspiring landscape, excellent ingredients and the magic of the sea. He grew up eating the freshest fish and plucking his own potatoes before kitchen gardens were fashionable. His demonstration today will focus on the great Irish Seafood Platter – a selection of Irish seafood that could adorn any family table and all in the style of ‘Wilde’ – his award winning restaurant at The Lodge at Ashford Castle.
Sponsored by Kylemore Abbey
Jonathan Keane was born to cook, and each day, he lives his dream. Originally from Kylemore, Connemara, Jonathan was surrounded by inspiring landscape, excellent ingredients and the magic of the sea. He was always fascinated by the happenings of kitchens and by 16, he knew what he wanted to do in life. He has worked in Adare Manor, O’Grady’s in Clifden and Cashel House in Connemara before converting many of the locals in Westport during his management of the Mill Times kitchens.
In 2014 Jonathan formed Slow Food Mayo with Aran McMahon of Café Rua. In January 2015 Jonathan founded, and is currently Chairperson of Cong Food Village. Jonathan has showcased produce from the four corners of Ireland at EXPO MILAN.