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Irish Curry Awards Judges Have The Hots For Lizzy’s Little Kitchen

Irish Curry Awards Judges Have The Hots For Lizzy’s Little Kitchen

November 1, 2017 at 11:27 am Comments are Disabled

A LISTOWEL woman has impressed judges at the Irish Curry Awards. Lizzy’s Little Kitchen in the north Kerry town has won Best Neighbourhood Restaurant in Munster at the awards. The announcement was made last week at an awards’ ceremony in Belfast.  The café, which is owned by Kerry businesswoman, Lizzy Lyons, […]

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Jackie Murphy and Frances Clifford at the fundraiser for Fenit Lifeboat at IT Tralee on Wednesday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Diners Enjoy Seafood Evening At ITT In Aid Of Fenit Lifeboat

October 26, 2017 at 12:54 pm Comments are Disabled

OVER 70 seafood lovers attended a sold-out fundraiser in aid of Fenit RNLI on Wednesday evening at the North Campus of IT Tralee. The evening  provided an opportunity for the Culinary Arts students at the college to showcase their talents and skills in a restaurant style setting by providing a […]

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Croí Wins Heart Of Judges To Take A YesChef 2018 Award

Croí Wins Heart Of Judges To Take A YesChef 2018 Award

October 25, 2017 at 4:25 pm 1 comment

A TRALEE restaurant which opened its doors for the first time in May, has won a top award. Croí in The Square, which is owned and run by Noel Keane, Paul Cotter and Kevin O’Connor, won Best Newcomer (Munster) at the YesChef Awards 2018. The restaurant has become a hugely […]

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Launching the 'Taste Of Christmas' event in aid of Ardfert NS were Croí Restaurant's Noel Keane and Kevin O'Connor, Principal of Ardfert NS, Betty McGrath, Paul Cotter of Croí and Marie O'Connell, teacher at Ardfert NS.

‘Taste Of Christmas’ Event In Aid Of Ardfert School

October 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm Comments are Disabled

ALL roads lead to Ballyroe Heights Hotel on a night in November for Ardfert School’s Third Annual  ‘Taste of Christmas’ cookery demonstration. Taking place on Thursday, November 9, it will be presented by the chefs from the award-winning Croì Restaurant in Tralee and the Tralee Culinary Gangsters. Kevin O’Connor, one […]

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Brogue Wins Best Carvery In Munster Award

Brogue Wins Best Carvery In Munster Award

October 23, 2017 at 2:50 pm Comments are Disabled

Kirby’s Brogue Inn has won the provincial category of the Unilever Best Carvery Pub Award for Munster. The landmark bar and restaurant at the bottom of the Rock in Tralee was the only Kerry pub that was shortlisted in the Munster category. Kirby’s Brogue Inn is still in the running […]

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A Fishy Fundraiser In Aid Of Fenit RNLI At The College

A Fishy Fundraiser In Aid Of Fenit RNLI At The College

October 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm Comments are Disabled

THERE’S something fishy going on in IT Tralee next week and it’s a must for anyone with a love of seafood. Fish will be on the menu as Fenit RNLI in a joint venture with the ITT will host a fundraiser at the North Campus of the college on Wednesday, […]

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SPONSORED: Frank’s Classes Are Must For Anyone Interested In Cooking

SPONSORED: Frank’s Classes Are Must For Anyone Interested In Cooking

October 3, 2017 at 4:23 pm Comments are Disabled

WITH the winter evenings not far away, a new cooking course to brighten up Monday nights is on the way in St Brendan’s Pastoral Centre, starting next week. Renowned chef, Frank Moynihan, is running demonstrational cooking classes during the month where people can learn how to make amazing starters and […]

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Elaine Kinsella of Radio Kerry was the Mystery Guest Chef at the fundraising evening in and of the Donal Walsh LiveLife Foundation at Croí Restaurant on Friday night She is pictured here with the restaurant owners Noel Keane, Kevin O'Connor and Paul Cotter. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Thousands Raised For LiveLife Foundation At ‘The Restaurant’ Night

September 26, 2017 at 10:07 am Comments are Disabled

A MYSTERY chef, helped by the experts at Croí Restaurant, provided a great night for diners on Friday as part of a fundraiser for the Donal Walsh Livelife Foundation. It was in the style of ‘The Restaurant’ TV show and Radio Kerry’s ‘Kerry’s Full Breakfast’ presenter, Elaine Kinsella, was the […]

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Amy and Marie McKenna at the opening event of the Tralee Food Festival at Tralee Bay Wetlands on Friday evening. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Seafood Delights And Taste Trail Treats At The Food Festival

September 25, 2017 at 12:20 pm Comments are Disabled

OK, so Saturday was a total washout with persistent rain spoiling the planned cookery demonstrations in the Square for the Tralee Food Festival. However, there was a good crowd on Friday evening at the opening Seafood Tasting event out in Tralee Bay Wetlands, with Spa Seafoods dishing up some tasty […]

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Dawson’s Restaurant On The Mall Announces Closure After 26 Years

Dawson’s Restaurant On The Mall Announces Closure After 26 Years

September 23, 2017 at 10:43 am Comments are Disabled

IT will be missed. A mainstay for lunchtime diners for over a quarter of a century, Dawson’s Restaurant on The Mall, (located within Heatons) has now closed. The announcement was made on the business’ Facebook page yesterday. It read; “After 26 wonderful years in business, we have taken the decision […]

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Looking forward to the Tralee Food Festival which takes place from September 22-24 were, Yomk Oviedo and Mayrinfer Ambrano of Transition Kerry, Paul Cotter, Croí Restaurant; David Scott, Tralee Chamber Alliance; Mayor of Tralee Norma Foley; Kevin O'Connor of Croí Restaurant and Sylvia Thompson of Transition Kerry. Photo by Dermot Crean

A Tantalising Line-Up Of Tasty Treats At Tralee Food Festival

September 15, 2017 at 9:53 am 1 comment

THERE’S just a week to go until  the third Tralee Food Festival in association with Taste Kerry and organisers say it will be the most important food event in the county capital this year. The town will strive to promote local producers and restaurants to an appreciative and rapidly growing […]

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David Leonard and Lucie Hanrahan, who have just opened Ugly Mug on Edward Street. Photo by Dermot Crean

Tralee Couple Back From New Zealand Open New Coffee Shop

September 2, 2017 at 11:01 am 3 comments

LUCIE Hanrahan and David Leonard are a busy couple these days. As if having their first baby together three weeks ago wasn’t enough, the Tralee couple have just opened a new coffee shop, the curiously titled Ugly Mug, on Edward Street this week. Lucie and David returned to Ireland in […]

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A crowd watching chef Odran Lucey giving a cookery demo in the Square as part of the Tralee Food Festival on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Plans Advanced For Third Tralee Food Festival Next Month

August 29, 2017 at 2:49 pm Comments are Disabled

FOODIES rejoice as plans are advanced for the third annual Tralee Food Festival taking place from Friday, September 22 to Sunday, September 24. On the Friday, there is a charity ‘Celebrity Chef’ night in Croí Restaurant in The Square where a mystery person will cook for diners. Proceeds will go […]

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Vote For Your Favourite Local Takeaway In National Awards

Vote For Your Favourite Local Takeaway In National Awards

August 24, 2017 at 11:05 am 4 comments

WHETHER it’s a late night feast after a feed of pints or an alternative to cooking on any given evening, Tralee’s takeaways have been expanding our waistlines and raising our cholesterol for decades now. Now, Just Eat, Ireland’s leading online food ordering app, has called on the people of Tralee to […]

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Ballygarry Hotel And Spa And Rose Hotel Chef Up For Top Awards

Ballygarry Hotel And Spa And Rose Hotel Chef Up For Top Awards

August 17, 2017 at 11:04 am Comments are Disabled

NOMINATIONS for the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards have been announced and two Tralee hotels will be represented at the black-tie gala dinner to announce the winners on September 26 at The  Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny. Nádúr Spa Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa,  has been nominated in the Ireland’s Four Star […]

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Afternoon Tea For Jack & Jill Foundation At The Rose Hotel

Afternoon Tea For Jack & Jill Foundation At The Rose Hotel

August 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm Comments are Disabled

THIS Saturday sees a special event at The Rose Hotel to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. Afternoon tea will be served from 2.30pm to 4pm in the beautiful Rose Room and guests can experience delicious food created by Executive Head Chef, Odran Lucey and his […]

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Kirby’s Brogue Inn Shortlisted For Great Carvery Pub Of The Year Award

Kirby’s Brogue Inn Shortlisted For Great Carvery Pub Of The Year Award

July 31, 2017 at 2:46 pm Comments are Disabled

A FAMOUS Tralee establishment is in the running for Great Carvery Pub of the Year competition. Kirby’s Brogue Inn on Rock Street is one of three Munster businesses shortlisted for the award which honours Ireland’s top carvery venues. The Killarney Heights Hotel has been shortlisted in the Great Carvery Hotel of […]

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Council Identifies Public Picnic Area At A Very Beautiful Location

Council Identifies Public Picnic Area At A Very Beautiful Location

July 19, 2017 at 3:32 pm 3 comments

IT’S probably the best spot for walks in the Tralee area and now the Council is looking to attract more people there. Cllr Tom McEllistrim called on the Tralee Municipal District to identify an area for the public to hold picnics in Tralee town and its environs at the meeting […]

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The Chef’s Table: Super Summer Dessert Recipes To Make Your Mouth Water

The Chef’s Table: Super Summer Dessert Recipes To Make Your Mouth Water

July 16, 2017 at 11:49 am 1 comment

Mark Doe of Just Cooking cookery school in Firies has some amazing dessert recipes ideal for the summer… Summer is a time for light desserts. Seasonal berries, rhubarb, lemon and orange based desserts go down a treat this time of year. Kerry strawberries from a strawberry farm just up the road […]

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Street Feast.

People Invited To Host A ‘Street Feast’ Party In Tralee

May 25, 2017 at 12:37 pm Comments are Disabled

OVER 1,000 Street Feast parties will take place around the country on June 11, including 10 in Kerry. Fenit, Kenmare, Stradbally and Killorglin are some of the locations for the 8th Annual Street Feast Day and it is expected that over 700 neighbours will take part in county-wide Kerry Street Feasts, […]

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Today Thursday 11 May, secondary school students from across Munster travelled to IT Tralee for the final service in the 2016/2017 Flogas Ireland and Failte Ireland sponsored Schools Apprentice Chef Programme. 
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KERRY STUDENT WINS SCHOOLS APPRENTICE CHEF
17 year old Padriac Randles from Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare, Co Kerry carried off the Supreme Apprentice Chef title for 2017.  It was his second year to enter the competition and he won for his dish of marinated pan fried Skeaghanore duck fillet, potato rosti, spring roll with celeriac and cabbage, carrot purée, toasted hazelnuts and sweet potato crisps. 

Joint second place was awarded to Emily O Hara from Midleton College in Cork for her pan seared bream and Lauren Wall from St Declan’s Community College, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford for her herb crusted fillet of cod.  Kelly English from St Colman’s Community College in Midleton, Co Cork received third place for her “Lemon Trio & Chocolate Surprise.”

All finalists experienced an authentic restaurant environment in the kitchens at IT Tralee and served dishes which ranged from “green tea smoked chicken with cauliflower rice, apple & fennel slaw” to “pistachio, courgette and lemon cake” to a panel of discerning judges.

As the winner, Padraic, who was participating in the programme for a second year, walked away with a prize package that included a set of professional knives, €1000 equipment for his school, Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine in Kenmare, a year’s subscription to Easyfood Magazine and a professional food styling session at Easyfood Magazine HQ this summer.  In addition, the specially commissioned Supreme Apprentice Chef perpetual trophy was presented to Padraic by Michael Murphy, sales representative for Flogas Ireland.

Addressing an audience comprising students, teachers and family supporters, Failte Ireland’s John Mulcahy praised the students and said, “Fáilte Ireland is proud to have supported the Apprentice Chef Programme from its very first year.  It has been a pleasure to watch it grow and flourish and to see the talent in the room today assures me that Ireland’s culinary future is in safe hands.”  

Having been mentored by accomplished chefs Mark Doe and Louise Brosnan, who recently completed a stage with Danni Barry, Ireland’s only female Michelin Star chef and the 2017 RAI Best Chef in Ireland, and supported by nutritional therapist, Susie Cox, each dish had a “Good Mood Food” influence and incorporated locally sourced ingredients. 

Commenting on the event, Michael Murphy, sales representative for Flogas Ireland, said, “There was a great atmosphere and I was very impressed at the enthusiasm and dedication of all the participants. Top chefs like Neven Maguire always work on gas and as one of the chief suppliers of gas to the catering and hospitality sector, we’re delighted to support the development of young culinary talent.”

.This is the fifth year of the Apprentice Chef Programme which was established by Mark Doe of Just Cooking Cookery School and Mark Murphy, senior lecturer in Culinary Arts at IT Tralee.  Co-founder Mark Doe said, “Since the programme’s inception in 2012, we have delivered a series of demonstrations and workshops to over 2000 students attending schools in Kerry, Limerick, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford.  Our objective is to promote the importance of healthy eating to enhance physical and mental wellbeing, encourage young people to consider a culinary career to help combat the current chef shortage in Ireland and improve their self confidence.  Year on year we are overwhelmed by the high standard of the dishes produced by the students and we look forward to building on the programme’s success to take it to national level.” 

 At a meeting with Patrick O Donovan TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Mark and his colleagues outlined how the programme can contribute to improving the number of students choosing a culinary career which is critical to support the tourism industry in Ireland. This week the Minister said, “I want to wish the team in the Apprentice Chef well with the conclusion of the 2016/2017 programme.  I recently met with the team and I was very impressed with their positive attitude and the vision they have to upskill our second level students across such a wide range of culinary skills.  I also want to congratulate all the students who have participated and wish them well for the future.”

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Kerry Student Wins Apprentice Chef Competition

May 12, 2017 at 11:46 am Comments are Disabled

A KENMARE secondary school student was winner of a culinary competition in the IT Tralee yesterday. Students from across Munster travelled to the ITT for the final service in the 2016/2017 Flogas Ireland and Failte Ireland sponsored Schools Apprentice Chef Programme. Seventeen year old Pádraic Randles from Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare, Co […]

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Paul Cotter, Kevin O'Connor and Noel Keane in Croí which opens this Friday in town. Photo  by Dermot Crean

Original ‘Gangsters’ To Create Something Special In Town With New Restaurant ‘Croí’

May 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm Comments are Disabled

A NEW restaurant opens in the heart of Tralee on Friday night and promises to create incredible  dishes with all the ingredients sourced entirely from Tralee and the surrounding area. Three members of the well known ‘Tralee Culinary Gangsters’, famous for their blogging and cookery demos around the county, are behind ‘Croí’ which will […]

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Out To Lunch: Sunshine Out In Spillane’s Of Maharees

Out To Lunch: Sunshine Out In Spillane’s Of Maharees

April 15, 2017 at 10:17 am Comments are Disabled

Spillane’s Bar Maharees SOMETIMES we forget how lucky we are here in Kerry. But a timely reminder comes every time the sun comes out. We don’t have to go far in Tralee with the gorgeous skyline by the canal or the beautiful town park. But recently on a stunning Saturday, […]

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IT Tralee To Host Major ‘Food For Thought’ Event

IT Tralee To Host Major ‘Food For Thought’ Event

April 13, 2017 at 1:29 pm Comments are Disabled

A FARMERS market, cooking demonstrations, workshops, panel discussions and much more will take place at the IT Tralee later this month at a special culinary event. The ‘Food For Thought’ showcase is a must for anyone interested in food and the culinary arts and takes place on Wednesday, April 26. […]

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A Very Good Friday For ‘Seafoodies’ At Ballygarry

A Very Good Friday For ‘Seafoodies’ At Ballygarry

April 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm Comments are Disabled

GOOD Friday is unofficially national fish day and to mark this, the people at Ballygarry House Hotel are planning a special evening. Their famous Seafood Speciality night returns and will be held in the sumptuous surroundings of the newly opened Restaurant 58 and is a must for foodies — or ‘seafoodies’ in […]

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The Chef’s Table: Retro Dishes With Renewed Appeal

The Chef’s Table: Retro Dishes With Renewed Appeal

March 26, 2017 at 11:32 am Comments are Disabled

Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ cookery school in Firies, has some dishes you may be familiar with but are well worth revisiting… Due to the great feedback from the last time we ran these recipes, I thought it would be good to cover it again. I love food memories of […]

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No Ticket For The Match? Head To These Places In Town Instead

No Ticket For The Match? Head To These Places In Town Instead

March 18, 2017 at 10:40 am Comments are Disabled

THERE’S a serious day of sport ahead with the rugby on the telly and the football  at Austin Stack Park tonight. The Dubs are coming in their thousands and it’s going to make for a great atmosphere in town. So then, where to go if you don’t have a ticket… 1. The Brogue… With […]

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Melanie Harty, Harty's, Angela Donnellon , Ardfert Farmers Market, Heather Hanafin, Ardfert Market, at the Taste Kerry's event in the Rose Hotel on Wednesday. Photo by Lisa O'Mahony.

PHOTOS: Taste Kerry Hosts Kerry Food And Drink Experience In The Rose Hotel

March 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm Comments are Disabled

Taste Kerry hosted the Kerry Food and Drink Experience at the Rose Hotel on Wednesday afternoon with food producers from all over the county in attendance. Stalls lined the room, allowing people to taste the different food and drink available, while a number of representatives across the county, who personify everything that […]

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Gorka’s Appetite For Success Grows After National Awards

Gorka’s Appetite For Success Grows After National Awards

March 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm Comments are Disabled

A TRALEE-BASED chef was feted by judges at a major national event last week. Head Chef at The Grand Hotel, Gorka Arrieta, won a Silver Medal for his salted cod dish and a merit award for his lamb dish at the Catex Exhibition 2017 in Dublin More than 10,000 industry professionals were […]

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New €1.5m ‘Restaurant 58’ Opens At Ballygarry House Hotel

New €1.5m ‘Restaurant 58’ Opens At Ballygarry House Hotel

March 8, 2017 at 12:05 pm Comments are Disabled

THERE is huge excitement amongst the team at Ballygarry House this week as the doors have opened to Restaurant 58, the newest addition to the four-star property. The name is derived from its origins in 1958 when the hotel first opened. Development began in late September on the former hotel restaurant, […]

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