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.”