The Restaurant

Norah Casey

Dylan McGrath, Guest Critic

Dylan McGrath is undoubtedly one of Ireland's most talented, exciting and talked about chefs. Dylan achieved a Michelin star as head chef at the former Mint Restaurant in Ranelagh. He now runs "The Rustic Stone" in Dublin's city centre. Dylan is a driven and passionate man when it comes to food and pursuing excellence in his work.

He was born in Dublin and raised in Belfast. He studied in Portrush Catering College and Belfast Institute. Within a matter of weeks of starting his new job in Jurys Inn, Belfast, Dylan's cooking ability and leadership skills were immediately recognized, and he was made responsible for ten chefs.

He then left to work in Roscoffs, Northern Ireland's only Michelin starred restaurant. He also worked at The Commons Restaurant and Peacock Alley with most of his culinary skills being acquired at John Burton Race in L'ortolan and Tom Aikens in Chelsea where he became Head Chef.

Dylan returned home to take up his own Head Chef position in Mint restaurant where he received a Michelin star and which was hailed as was hailed as one of the most exciting places to eat in the country. People who have worked with Dylan describe him as driven, ambitious, determined, innovative and intense. He is known to be incredibly passionate about his work and has been described by food critics as a "creative genius" and an "incredibly talented chef."

In August 2010, Dylan opened his new restaurant "Rustic Stone," which is Dylan's take on new casual dining that delivers on the flavours Dylan is so passionate about, but without the formality he previously would have been associated with.

This is Dylan's second appearance on "The Restaurant".


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