Without any formal catering college training, Oliver Dunne (born 1977) began his foray into the world of kitchens and restaurants as a Commis Chef at Gotham Café on South Anne Street, Dublin. From here he progressed, trained and enhanced his skills at The Peacock Alley, QV2, The Clarence Hotel and Roly’s Bistro, before making his move to London.
During his time in London, Oliver worked for Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay, Chef Anthony Demetry and with Shane Osborne.
In 2003, Oliver returned to Dublin, opening Mint in Ranelagh as the Head Chef, and within 6 weeks the restaurant was awarded Ireland’s ‘Best New Restaurant’.
In 2006, Oliver took over Bon Appetit, winning his own Michelin Star in 2008. Oliver is the youngest Michelin Star Chef in Ireland.
Tracy Piggott, daughter of 11 times champion jockey, Lester Piggott, has made her mark as a popular sports presenter on RTE over the last 24 years. After leaving school, Tracy travelled to the US and spent 3 years working as a ‘Galloper’ in Florida, Kentucky, New York and Los Angeles before returning to England to work and eventually travelling to Ireland to work with trainer, Tommy Stack.Tracy started her broadcasting career in 1989 with her first broadcast being the Derby at the Curragh. Since then apart from all the major race meetings here, she has been the main pre and post-match reporter for 8 seasons on Rugby’s 6 Nations, Autumn Internationals and Heineken Cups.She hosts the live coverage of the annual RDS Horse Show in Dublin and has presented a Sports Quiz Show series and Chat Show. Tracy is also a Pilates Reformer instructor and enjoys keeping fit and spending time outdoors. She has a five year old daughter Thea who certainly keeps her on her toes.
Garth McColgan is “Mr FoodActive”. A trained chef (and Latin scholar!), his passion in life is to introduce young people to the wonders of cooking, the joys of eating and the wisdom of good food habits.
He developed the FoodActive concept more than a decade ago, and since then he has been teaching his unique course to students at Gonzaga College and St Conleth's College, both on Dublin’s southside.
He has trained under some of the world’s finest chefs, with a large chunk of his training taking place under TV chef Paul Rankin at Belfast’s legendary Roscoff Restaurant (which was the first restaurant in Northern Ireland to be awarded with a Michelin Star).
Ken Hom is an American-born chef with ancestry from Taishan, Guangdong. He is also a food writer and has worked extensively on British television.
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