I have lots. It very much depends on the season. In late winter I use fennel and blood oranges, in spring it is asparagus and new potatoes, in summer it is fresh tomatoes and broad beans and in autumn it is squashes and mushrooms. I try to eat with the seasons. It is a lovely way of keeping time.
What was the first dish you ever cooked? How old were you?
The first thing I remember making was an apple tart in my Nanny's house. I must have been four or five years old.
What would your last meal on earth be?
It would have to be pasta with fresh tomato, and basil sauce. I have really fond memories as a kid, eating bowls of this with mountains of parmesan on top.
What is your most trusty kitchen tool?
What is your favourite Irish food?
So many to speak of but as I’m a Waterford woman it has to be the blaa. For those uninitiated the blaa is a soft floury bap made within the Waterford county borders.
What is comfort food for you?
Shared food is comfort food for me. There is nothing like having a delicious meal with friends and family.
Who inspired you to become a chef?
There are many people who have inspired me. My two grandmothers are incredibly talented in the kitchen. I still ring them to this day about recipes. My Dad is a chef as well. I used to work in his kitchen when I was a teenager. I always loved the hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen. I've also worked with so many great chefs who have inspired me throughout the years.