The Restaurant

Tommy Bowe

Neven Maguire, Guest Critic

Although still in his early thirties, chef Neven Maguire has been cooking in professional kitchens for more than seventeen years. He first started his apprenticeship when only 12 under the watchful eye of his mother, Vera, in the family business 'MacNean House & Restaurant' in Blacklion in Cavan.

Neven took over the restaurant in 2003 and as both Head Chef and Proprietor, he has garnered many awards for the business including Georgina Campbell's 'Restaurant of the Year 2007', 'Jameson Chef of the Year 2004', 'Best Restaurant in Ulster, Food and Wine Magazine Awards 2003 and 2004'

Neven first came to national attention when he appeared on the RTE series 'Open House' in 1998, before the series ended in 2004 he had become the resident chef with a huge fanbase. Neven has also featured in his own series 'Neven Cooks' and in 'Cooking with Love' and 'Ten of the Best'.

Neven has many best selling recipe books published to date. His most recent book, 'Real Food for Families', 'Food from the Sun' and his latest 'Home Chef', which accompanied his TV series in 2010.


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