Martin Shanahan was down at the National Ploughing Championships as part of the Good Food Karma project with Supervalu. With years of experience in the industry, and an ever growing enthusiasm for all things fish and seafood, we asked Martin how he keeps his ideas fresh (excuse the pun!).
"What inspires me is travel. Everywhere I travel, I see new concepts, new ideas. I get educated." he said.
"It's not like I'm going out to the world telling the world how brilliant I am. I'm learning, and as you travel...around the country, I get all my inspiration there."
Martin recognises that this thirst for new recipes and food ideas is keeping his chefs on their toes back at the Fishy Fishy Restaurant in Kinsale. They're always fearful of what's next on the menu once Martin comes back from travel.
"So when I get back after two or three days, like this I'm going to go back to Fishy Fishy on Thursday and my chefs are going to be like 'Oh no, what's he after seeing?' I know they're on tender hooks. 'He's going to come in with a big blade of grass and say 'Make la-la-la out of it.' But that's what travel is all about."
While Martin is busy setting trends in food...he's also taking the fashion world by storm! Martin was making it no secret of his love for fish with this statement fish shirt. We asked the official winner of the RTÉ Food's Best Dressed to tell us a little bit more about his fashion statement.
"It's a Louis Copeland special" Martin laughed. "Look at the tailoring, it is absolutely super."
"He sent it to me about 3 years ago...I've never met the man but I admire him as a tailor. I put it on, on special occasions and to me this is a very special occasion."
Martin is clearly delighted that three years on: "...believe it or not, I can still get into it!"
Watch Martin Shanahan's interview with RTÉ Food, including a close up of the trendiest shirt at Ploughing 2016!
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