Chefs

Martin Shanahan

Martin Shanahan

Martin Shanahan is the owner of the award winning Fishy Fishy Restaurant and Café in Kinsale County Cork. A graduate of Rockwell Catering College Martin spent his early career working in The Butler's Arms in Waterville. He then became head chef at the popular restaurant Jim Edwards in Kinsale, and later went on to open Kinsale's first gourmet store.

Martin's popular and simple cooking style with fish was born from his time in San Francisco's prestigious Huntington Hotel. He also spent time working in Germany.

Martin is currently working alongside Paul Flynn on 'Surf n' Turf', RTÉ One, Wednesdays at 8:30pm.

Neven Maguire

Neven Maguire

From a very young age, one of Neven's favourite pastimes was to shadow his mother in the kitchen, watching her cook; his pastime soon became his passion, as he began experimenting with ingredients in the home kitchen at the tender age of 10, a passion that only intensified as Neven went through his teenage years.

Neven trained in some of the highest profile restaurants in the world including Roscoff, Belfast (Michelin Star winner), Grand Hotel Berlin (Michelin Star winner), The Lea Linster Luxembourg (where he cooked for Lady Diana and Tony Blair) and Arzak, San Sebastian.

In 2001, Neven took over the family business, and turned a local restaurant into a national phenomenon. Located in the rural village of Blacklion in Co. Cavan, MacNean House and Restaurant has become one of the most talked about and frequented restaurants in the country.