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September 06, 2018
 Cork, September 2018: The latest exciting development at the Montenotte Hotel, Cork City is the appointment of Liam Kirwan to the role of Executive Head Chef.

A native of Tipperary, Liam has travelled the globe seeking out culinary experiences, influences and flavours to cultivate his true and unique cuisine style. Having worked with the co-founder of the Modern British Food Movement, renowned chef and restauranteur, Rowleigh Leigh, on London’s Michelin circuit for a number of years, Liam travelled to the Southern Hemisphere where he worked in Sydney and Auckland, New Zealand to experience the fusion food movement. 

The evolution of Liam’s culinary art was to find it’s true form on his return to the UK where he embraced his roots and influence of Jeremy Lee’s Great British Menu style cooking.  Working as Head Chef at the award-winnning gastro pub, The Sands End, in London, Liam adopted the ‘nose to tail’ approach to good, old-style cooking and using the best produce without frills to enable the food and flavours speak for themselves.  Soon he has headhunted by Hawksmoor Group to head up their newrestaurant in Covent Garden, which soon became multi award winning. Liam went on to open 3 more Hawksmoor Restaurants in London as Head Chef, winning accolades and awards for every one of this renowned UK steak restaurants group.

Having cooked for Gordon Ramsay, Rio Ferdinand, Madonna, Keira Knightly and a string of celebrities and politicians, Liam is delighted to have returned to Ireland where he believes the quality of food is second to none.

“Food for me is an emotional thing – it’s nostalgic, and conjures up memories through flavours, textures and taste. It represents our connection to family table experiences, times with friends and food can have it’s own story for each person.  That’s why I’m the greatest advocate of letting good food speak, using the best ingredients, locally sourced, freshly made and prepared honestly. I will be bringing my year’s of experience to the Montenotte Hotel and crafting a menu that is exciting in its simplicity, honest in its prepation and exceptional in taste,” said Liam Kirwan, Executive Head Chef at the Montenotte Hotel.  

Welcoming Liam Kirwan to the Montenotte Hotel, General Manager Brian Bowler said, “Liam’s flair for flavour, expertise of fine dining as well as bistro style and gastro pub cuisine, along with his international experience make him an ideal fit for the Montenotte Hotel.  We look forward to an exciting new style of food at the Hotel, where we continue to bring a unique approach for our diners, guests and visitors.”

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Yes… the largest Sculpture Exhibition in Ireland is now open at The Montenotte Hotel

By Ray Kelleher – Director of Sales & Marketing

A stunning Sculpture Exhibition has been installed at our hotel this week, here at The Montenotte Hotel, in the sunken Victorian Gardens and will be on-site for the next four weeks, in association with the prestigious amazing The Kildare Gallery.

In keeping with our company’s commitment to support Irish art and culture, 38 sculptures by 18 Irish artists, including Bob Quinn, Stephanie Hess and Donnacha Cahill have now adorned the gardens. The works range in themes, scale and materials including ceramic, bronze, bog oak and copper steel.

With so many events, including showcase events like Bloom, cancelled, our exhibition is now the largest outdoor exhibition of its kind in Ireland this year!

We now encourage as many locals and visitors as possible to visit the Sculpture Exhibition and wander around the wonder of these secret gardens, which were only recently rediscovered and restored to their former glory of 100 years ago.  Your body and mind will truly relax as you peruse the art, breathe in the aromatic scents of lavender, myrtle and rosemary, and listen to the soothing sounds of the water fountain.

You can also take in the spectacular views of the exhibition, Victorian Gardens and Cork city from a high from the recently refurbished Panorama Terrace. We just ask that you pop to the hotel reception and register your details to gain access.

For myself, I am only just with the hotel less than 2 weeks and there is no doubt that this is one of Ireland’s most instragrammable hotels and the sculpture exhibition enhances this.

We hosted a press call to launch the exhibition with the Lord Mayor Cllr Joe Kavanagh and the Lady Mayoress Stephanie this week and our General Manager Brian Bowler commented , “We are delighted to host such a magnificent Sculpture Exhibition in association with the Kildare Gallery, after a hugely successful inaugural event in 2019.  It’s part of our ongoing ethos to support Irish artists, and it has never been more important to do, as the arts community has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. To see these incredible sculptures against the backdrop of our re-discovered sunken Victorian gardens is a stunning sight to behold”.

It was also great to meet Ruth Liddle from the Kildare Gallery who is the curator of the exhibition. I feel my artistic knowledge has grown since I arrived at The Montenotte Hotel.

The Sculpture Exhibition will run until September 26th.  All of the pieces are available to purchase with The Kildare Gallery and for more information about visiting the exhibition see here

Ray Kelleher
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Montenotte Hotel

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~ Launch of our call and collect ‘Pure Cork Afternoon Tea’ ~
~ This special treat is perfect for cocooning loved ones and will support local producers and charity Our Hospital Heroes ~

Does lockdown have you pining for dainty finger sandwiches, fluffy scones and mouth-watering desserts? If you have a special occasion coming up, want to treat cocooning loved ones, or host a small socially distanced garden gathering when restrictions are eased, fear not, as Cork’s we have put Afternoon Tea back on the menu with the launch of a new call and collect service - available from Saturday 16th May! Orders will be taken from Friday 14th May. 

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This Saturday, on February 1st, I ventured down to Cork for a weekend break in the picturesque and beautifully modern, Montenotte Hotel.
As they say, January is the only month with twice as many days as the rest. Maybe it’s the post-Christmas, back to reality, dark at 4pm aspect, but January really does drag. The first day of Spring was the perfect time for a trip away. Matt drove and we arrived to check-in at 2pm, bringing the total journey time to just under 3 hours.

As always, if anyone has any questions regarding the stay, please do let me know. I am always happy to answer!
All my foodie love,

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