Michelin starred chef to cook up storm at festival

Angela Hartnett worked alongside Gordon Ramsay for years, so the Michelin star-holder should be well able for anything the Waterford Festival of Food throws at her today.

Now one of the world’s most high-profile female chefs, Angela survived being Gordon Ramsay’s right-hand-woman on the first television incarnation of Hell’s Kitchen, as well as working with him in other guises.

Today the award-winning Tannery restaurant in Dungarvan is playing host to the London-based chef as part of this year’s food festival, the fifth edition of the celebration of local food and cooking which is set to bring thousands into the south-east over the weekend.

Other big names taking part over the four days of the festival, which officially opened yesterday, include Richard Corrigan, Dylan McGrath, Martin Shanahan and Nick Munier, along with local chefs and cooks, such as Paul Flynn of the Tannery and Eunice Power.

A special meal being cooked by Angela Hartnett, who received an MBE in 2007 for services to the food industry, is already a sell-out, but there are many events over the course of the weekend which have room for more.

Former RTÉ broadcasting legend Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh today will share some of the secrets of his healthy lifestyle at a free nutrition workshop in Dungarvan Town Hall, while a focal point will be the Farmers’ Market in Grattan Square on Sunday, featuring the best of artisan food from across the region and beyond.

Yesterday’s opening featured the final of the Make it Yourself/Grow it Yourself school competition, which has been running since the beginning of the year, and saw hundreds of primary schoolchildren designing, constructing and planting grow-boxes.

According to festival chief executive Therese McDermott, this promises to be the biggest and best festival in its five-year history.

“This is well and truly established as one o the premier food events on the food festival map and we look forward to welcoming thousands of people to Dungarvan and the county for the event,” she said.

The festival is tailored to appeal to entire families and includes a host of free as well as ticketed events over the weekend with something for all age groups and all tastes.

Back by popular demand are seaweed seminars, foraging trails, cake decorating demos, the mobile farm at King John’s Castle, the community picnic in the park, restaurants trails and cookery demonstrations.

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