Q&A with our winner Grainne Mullins. @grainnemullins.

We are here to introduce a very talented pastry chef who has won our first ever ChefsEye Battle Chef competition. Grainne Mullins has been a pastry chef for over 8 years now working at a very beautiful hotel in a small coastal village in Ireland, Ardmore called The Cliff House Hotel.

It’s clear to see how talented she is with her stunning creations and determination to learn new things, not only just in the kitchen but in life aswel.

The Cliff House Hotel is a five-star boutique hotel and spa perched on top of a cliff overlooking the stunning views over Ardmore Bay, With a Michelin star restaurant and bar on site this is a place you must visit. (@cliffhousehotel)

 

We did catch up with Grainne and had the pleasure in asking her some questions. 

ChefsEye: Did you always know you wanted to be a chef?

Grainne: No. It was a path that I just fell into. After a work experience in Transition Year I was offered a part-time position and I kept that up until I left school. I realised that making everything fresh and from fresh ingredients was s something that I enjoyed doing. Then my part time job became a full-time job and here I am today.

ChefsEye: What is your favourite style of cuisine to cook?

Grainne: I love to cook any style of cuisine. I get most enjoyment out of mixing both classical and modern cooking styles.

ChefsEye: What is you greatest achievement?

Grainne: My greatest achievement is really getting to where I am today. I have had fantastic opportunities and I have worked hard to get to the level I am at now. Having been featured in the French professional cooking magazine, Thuries, and accomplishing the French language are 2 things that I am glad that I have achieved.

ChefsEye: Who is your favourite chef?

Grainne: I wouldn’t say I have a favourite chef. There are so many I look up to and admire.

ChefsEye: What are your strengths?

Grainne: I am quite patient and willing to learn. This skills are necessary in a kitchen environment as I have a team to inspire and teach and I must be able to do it in a manner that they can remember and appreciate why I ask them to do it in a certain way. I also know that I do not know everything so I am open to new ideas and I am constantly on the look out for new techniques to try out.

ChefsEye: What trends are you noticing in food?

Grainne: Trends come and go. Styles of cooking and ways of plating change so much over time. Sometimes we haven’t even noticed a trends before it has changed again but I see a lot of fruit shaped desserts similar to Cedric Grolet.

ChefsEye: What was your worst kitchen disaster?

Grainne: I can’t think of one in particular but mistakes happen. We aim for perfection in our career but we cannot be all perfect all of the time. Every mistake is an opportunity to learn and adapt. I wouldn’t be where I am today without being able to over come mistakes that have happened.

ChefsEye: Who is your biggest inspiration?

Grainne: My parents. They are both fantastic home cooks who use fresh and good quality ingredients. I was brought up to respect and appreciate food and this has definitely always inspired me to respect a foods natural taste we are here to enhance not to cover up.

ChefsEye: What is your favourite dinning experience have you had?

Grainne: I enjoy eating out and do it at any spare moment. I had an amazing meal last summer in La Villa Madie which was unforgettable, but I also enjoy eating in smaller restaurants such as Kai in Galway or Miyazaki in Cork.

ChefsEye: What do you love most about your job?

Grainne: I love the creative side. As chefs we get an opportunity to be artists with everything we put on our plates. I also love the satisfaction of pleasing guests. It’s not always easy but when I received a compliment it makes it all worth while.

ChefsEye: What do you think of social media?

Grainne: I think it’s a great tool for chefs to showcase their work and also to interact with other chefs and get inspiration.

ChefsEye: Do you have any advice to any young chefs who are reading this?

Grainne: Keep pushing yourself. This industry is not an easy one but if you stay positive and keep pushing forward it gets easier. We all have tough days and we all make mistakes we just have to know how to dust ourselves off and come back fighting.

We can not thank you enough for your amazing answers and a small insight to who you are. We look forward to see what the future holds for you and we will be watching.

If you want to follow Grainne on Instagram, head over to @grainnemullins.

Also why not check us out on Instagram @chefs_eye and @chef_jason_shaw.

 

 

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#ChefsEyeChefsTable winner Luca Rosati @Luca.rosati

We at ChefsEye had great pleasure speaking to the winner of our March competition Luca Rosati who is currently a private chef in Tuscany, Italy.

We all love Luca’s passion for food. His self-confidence and flamboyance is inspiring many chefs all over the world, Lucas philosophy reminds us of the great man himself Massimo Bottura.

Not only is Luca a great chef he is also a professional sommelier with a great eye for a bottle of wine.

We asked Luca some questions.

ChefsEye: Why do you enjoy being a chef?

Luca: I’d like to know my cuisine and my skill to my customers. My cuisine sometimes is simple and sometimes complex. I love to mix flavours.

ChefsEye: Give one piece of good advice?

Luca: Be curious, curiosity leads to great things.

ChefsEye: Where do you work?

Luca: I’m working like a private chef, doing cooking classes in San Gimignano, Tuscany in Italy.

ChefsEye: Who is the best chef alive in your eyes?

Luca: The best chef alive is Daniel Humm and Massimo Bottura.

ChefsEye: Who inspires you?

Luca: My Grandmas inspire me.

ChefsEye: Whats your favourite dinning experience?

Luca: Its not simple, A little restaurant on the sea close to my house. Its not famous but i find the food to always be very good.

ChefsEye: Whats the worst attribute a chef can have in a kitchen?

Luca: Maybe being stupid or you can not do anything.

ChefsEye: How long do you see yourself being a chef for?

Luca: I don’t know, till my fantasy and curiosity stops.

ChefsEye: What do you inspire to be?

Luca: Just myself and telling my cuisine through my dishes.

Make sure to follow Luca on Instagram at @luca.rosati.

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#ChefsEyeChefsTable winner Jason Brown @chefjasonbrown

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We at ChefsEye had the great pleasure to catch up with the winner of our competition for September Jason Brown who currently is the Executive pastry chef at Nel Restaurant in Surry Hills in Sydney.

Everyone at ChefsEye agree that Jason Brown is definitely a chef to watch, with his flair, panache and attention to detail he has a great future ahead of him.

Nel Restaurant currently do 1 sitting Tuesday-Thursday with a maximum 44 guest and Friday and Saturday with 2 sittings with a maximum 91 guest. Jason did say it all depends on the table layout which means it could be slightly less or slightly more seats available on the day. For no disappointment make sure to book in advance as seats do sell very quickly.

We did ask Jason some questions.

ChefsEye: What do you inspire to be?

Jason: I inspire to hopefully have my own restaurant, dessert restaurant and be recognized for what I do and serve. Not through tv or anything like that but through industry and clientele respect.

ChefsEye: What’s the worst attribute to have in a kitchen?

Jason: Worst attribute in the kitchen is to be a robot. Too many chefs I have come across are great at doing the job but cant think outside the box.

ChefsEye: Who inspires you?

Jason: Inspiration comes from many people and places, in the industry I love what Francisco Migoya is doing at Modernist Cuisine but I also find inspiration through everything in life that surrounds you on a daily basis.

ChefsEye: Why do you, enjoy being a chef?

Jason: I enjoy being a chef because of the satisfaction and passion that comes with the industry. You are constantly learning every day not just from people you work with but your surroundings. Its a very rewarding industry.

ChefsEye: Who is the best chef (alive) in your eyes?

Jason: Best chef alive would be a hard one as those that have changed the world such as Ferran & Albert Adria and also Heston Blumenthal, Grant Achatz, Rene Redzepi, but again each one has there strong points and have changed the direction for the better in certain ways. Pastry is still Francisco Migoya for the knowledge that he is impairing through Modernist Cuisine.

ChefsEye: Whats your favourite dinning experience?

Jason: Favourite dinning experience…..I’ve dined at many and to be honest each one of the top 3 has been good for each style. The Fat Duck in Melbourne was incredible, service, technical ability and story telling. Noma in Sydney was amazing for the produce and service. Sepia in Sydney was where my favourite dishes come from still.

ChefsEye: Give one piece off good advice?

Jason: Good advice would be to always question, never be satisfied with anything as there is always better and this gives you the drive to improve and learn.

Make sure to follow Jason Brown on Instagram @chefjasonbrown and Nel Restaurant @nelrestaurant.

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#ChefsEyeChefsTable winner Sean Kelly from @stationroadlochness.

 

We at ChefsEye caught up with Sean Kelly to ask him some questions. Sean is the head chef at the Lovat hotel, Loch Ness in Scotland. Its a hotel with 2 restaurants The Brasserie side which has a simpler approach and Station Road which holds 3 rosettes with a much more refined style. Station Road can do a 5 course for no more than 12 people as the brasserie can do up to 70 covers a night and all from the same creative small kitchen brigade. Sean has said it can be very tough at times, the hotel has 28 rooms in a beautiful picturesque surrounding. Make sure to follow Sean on Instagram @stationroadlochness.

 

ChefsEye:  Give one piece of good advice?

Sean:   Work with good people in good places.

ChefsEye:  Who inspires you?

Sean:  Lots of chefs from all around the world, to name a few: Sergio Herman, Jonnie Boer and Kevin Fehling.

ChefsEye:  What’s the worst attribute to have in the kitchen?

Sean:   A bad temper.

ChefsEye:  What’s your favourite dining experience?

Sean:  Lots! Tom Aitkins, London, Marco Pierre White when he was at Harveys, Alain Ducasse, Paris & Pure C, Netherlands.

ChefsEye:  How long do you see yourself being a chef?

Sean:  Until i retire or win the lottery, whichever comes first.

Featured chefs week 8 Friday’s edition chosen by @rogersbros.

@chef_akis, @phils_kitchen_nz, @chef_rufino, @chefjackbradley.

Well done to all the chefs featured today and thank you @rogersbros for your nominations.We are in the last week of the first competition ever and the winner will be announced soon, so make sure to follow all the chefs on Instagram  and @chefs_eye for more amazing uploads, also subscribe to the blog for much more.

Featured chefs week 8 Tuesday’s edition chosen by @rogersbros.

@pastrybydaniel, @chefdanielwatkins, @michal_stanke, @vidal31

 

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