Fifteen years ago, Neven did some of his chef's training at the Grand Hotel, Berlin, in what was formerly East Berlin. Germany is Ireland's second most important export market for food and drink in continental Europe, with dairy produce accounting for a third of the exports. Baileys cream liqueur and Tullamore Dew whiskey are also particularly popular here.
Neven has arranged to cook dinner for Irish Ambassador to Germany Dan Mulhall and his guests, including the former head of Dresdner Bank, the chairwoman of the German-Irish Parliament Group in the Bundestag and Ireland's Honorary Consul General in Cologne.
Neven meets Ambassador Dan Mulhall in front of the Brandenburg Gate for a quick guided tour of the main sites of the city before returning to the hotel to cook dinner.
On the menu tonight: Roast Pumpkin Risotto, Rack of Irish Lamb with a herb crust, and Pears Belle Helene, served with a Chocolate and Baileys mousse.