PANEL DISCUSSION: The Future of Irish Food [ Tuesday: 3pm ]
Raymond McArdle (@mcardle_23) is Head Chef at Restaurant 23 and winner of the Great British Menu 2013. Growing up on the South Down coast he fell in love with food due to his grandmother baking a variety of breads from stone milled flour. He decided to become a chef taking what he learnt as a child and building upon it using earthy and delicate flavours to create modern Irish food. He learnt his trade with Paul Rankin and Michael Deane, the only two chefs at the time to have Michelin stars for 9 years.
McArdle has moved to the Nuremore Hotel as Head Chef and achieved three AA Rosette’s and Best Hotel in Ulster numerous times. Moving home to the coast was in his heart, he missed the rugged coastline and ‘where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea’! He wanted a simpler life creating his ideal food