Martin Shanahan is one of Irelands leading seafood chefs. Over the last 10 years he has had remarkable success with his restaurant 'Fishy Fishy' in Kinsale, Co. Cork.
Last year Martin became an instant star, with his first TV series 'Martin's Mad About Fish'.
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.
As a member of the Kinsale Good Food Circle and Good Food Ireland, Martin places a high value on local produce. His fish is locally sourced where possible, and his relationship with Kinsale's fisherman and fishery's along the South Coast ensures quality control and the freshest of fish.
Martin's passion for fish has seen him work as a fish wholesaler in the past and he still maintains a fish shop in Kinsale which doubles as a fish and chips shop with produce being taken from the fish counter to the fryer as you order.
Martin is married to Marie and has three children.