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As second-generation Irish, Gavin and I decided five years ago to bring together in a single list all the Irish people we'd met over the years of covering this city's hospitality industry. We wanted to celebrate our own heritage through shining a light on all the passionate people from Ireland who work in London's restaurants, pubs and bars.  And it feels even more pertinent this year, as we approach the Brexit deadline, to be talking about the huge contribution our fellow Europeans make to the food and drink scene here in the UK.

In the run-up to St Patrick's Day, we proudly present our fifth annual Murphia List.



Kevin BurkeKevin Burke

Job: Head Chef

Where: The Ninth

Born in Dublin, Kevin trained at Dublin's Patrick Guilbaud's before moving to London and starting at Pollen Street Social and afterwards at Jun Tanaka's The Ninth as Sous Chef. He's been there since the launch, while it earned its Michelin Star and is now the Head Chef.

More: Follow him on Twitter @kevinKBburke


kennethculhaneKenneth Culhane

Job: Head Chef

Where: The Dysart

Originally from Lisselton, North Kerry, Roux scholar Kenneth has a wealth of experience behind him. In Ireland, he worked at The Shelbourne and Patrick Guilbaud, but since then has worked with Tetsuya Wakuda in Sydney and Brett Graham at The Ledbury. For his Roux scholarship internship, he worked across Jean Georges Vongerichten's restaurants in New York. He’s now at The Dysart in Richmond, which was picked as one of the most romantic restaurants in the UK by the Times and picked as one of the coolest places in the world to eat by Forbes.

More: Follow him on Twitter @kennethculhane


Shauna FroydenlundShauna Froydenlund

Job: Chef Patron

Where: Marcus 

Shauna hails from Derry where her family is in the restaurant industry. While a student in Sheffield she was offered a placement at Gordon Ramsay Holdings where she first met Marcus Wareing at the original Petrus. Since then she's worked on the launch team of the Gilbert Scott and in 2017 she and her husband Mark became joint Chef Patrons at Marcus. But we're most jealous by her claim to fame when she worked with Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller as a consultant on the film Burnt.

More: Follow her on Instagram @scaithness2


fionahannon2NEW: Fiona Hannon

Job: Head Chef 

Where: Bentley's 

Born in Bray, Country Wicklow, Fiona came early to the hospitality trade, starting as a kitchen porter in a local hotel during the school holidays when she was 15. She moved to London to work for Richard Corrigan where she took the position as demi-head de partie at Corrigan's much-lauded Lindsay House. From there she helped open Bentley's in Dublin, then Corrigan's Mayfair and is now at Bentley's in London where she is head chef. Referring affectionately to her long term working relationship with Corrigan as a 'life sentence', she says he gives her "the freedom and space to get on with my job."

More: Follow Bentley's on Instagram @bentleysoysterbar


annahaughNEW: Anna Haugh

Job: Chef Patron

Where: Myrtle 

Dublin-born Anna started her restaurant career in that city's famous L’Écrivain restaurant before heading to London where her bosses included everyone from Shane Osborn and Philip Howard to Gordon Ramsay. Most recently she was Executive Chef at Bob Bob Ricard before leaving to work on her own restaurant. Myrtle opens in Chelsea in March and while the food may not be Irish, per se, much of the produce will be.

More: Follow Anna on Instagram @haughser


Marguerite KeoghMarguerite Keogh

Job: Head Chef

Where: The Five Fields

County Clare born and bred (she goes home EVERY month) Marguerite Keogh apprenticed at Dromoland Castle hotel before skipping over to London. For five years she worked alongside Marcus Wareing - first at Petrus and then at Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley before launching The Five Fields in Chelsea with Taylor Bonnyman and quickly gaining a Michelin star.

More: Follow her on Twitter @magschef


Dave McCarthyDave McCarthy

Job: Head Chef

Where: Scott's

From a restaurant-owning family in Midleton, County Cork, Dave moved to London when he was 22 to work at The Ivy. He stayed there for two years before moving to Harvey Nichols to work for Henry Harris as Chef de Partie. From here he moved to J Sheekey under Tim Hughes where he worked for nine years. In 2006 he was in the team that helped to relaunch Scott's and has been Head Chef here since 2009.


aidan2Aidan McGee

Job: Head Chef

Where: Corrigan’s Mayfair

Aidan was born and bred in Donegal. After training in Ireland including at the award-winning O'Gradys on the Pier in Galway he moved to London where he worked at the Mandarin Oriental followed by Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and at Launceston Place. As Head Chef of the Truscott Arms his Sunday roasts became the stuff of legend. Since February 2018 he's been running the kitchen at Corrigan's Mayfair as Head Chef where they're planning a big push on Irish produce.

More: Follow Aidan on Twitter @mcgeeaidan


colinmcsherryNEW: Colin McSherry

Job: Head Chef

Where: Gridiron

County Down born chef Colin McSherry worked at both The Fat Duck and Dinner by Heston before coming to our attention as the Head Chef of Nuala, the modern Irish restaurant (now closed) that caused quite the stir on City Road. Now he's teamed up with Richard Turner to take on the kitchen at Park Lane's newest restaurant, the grill room Gridiron at Como Metropolitan.

More: Follow Gridiron on Instagram @gridironlondon


Aidan McGeeNEW: Tom Mullin

Job: BOH Operations

Where: Pizza Pilgirms

Tom was born in County Derry, where his parents had their own pizza business in a couple of small neighbouring towns. After living in Belfast for a number of years he moved to London where he met brothers Thom and James Elliot, founders of Pizza Pilgrims, in June 2013. He spent that first summer travelling around London, working at many festivals and events, leading up to the opening of their first permanent site on Dean Street, Soho. And now, he runs everything back of house for the company, looking at revamping menus and training new chefs.

More: Follow Tom on Instagram @mullin_tom


Patrick PowellPatrick Powell

Job: Head chef

Where: Allegra

Mayo-born chef Patrick worked at a number of restaurants in Ireland and Australia before arriving in London to work for Anthony Demetre at Wild Honey and then became Head Chef of the Chiltern Firehouse under Nuno Mendes. This year he'll be launching Allegra, his own restaurant on the 7th-floor rooftop of Manhattan Loft Gardens- a hotel/loft project from the folk behind the Chiltern Firehouse and St Pancras.

More: Follow him on Instagram @ppowellchef


Rory ShannonRory Shannon

Job: Head Chef

Where: Duke of Richmond Public House & Dining Room

Rory hails from Dublin where his father owns the well-respected Bistro One in Foxrock village, Dublin. Having moved here six years ago, Rory worked his way through numerous London kitchens including The Canton Arms in Stockwell where owner Trish Hilferty was his mentor. After creating a storm at London opening The Winemakers Deptford he became the head chef at Tom Oldroyd's Hackney pub The Duke of Richmond where his crab and chip butties are now legendary.

More: Follow him on Instagram @rorys100 


clare3Clare Smyth MBE

Job: Chef Patron

Where: Core by Clare Smyth

Born on a farm in Country Antrim, Smyth left school at 16 - an early job included working for Terence Conran at Michelin House. After five years working with Gordon Ramsay she was appointed head chef of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay - the first female chef in the UK to run a three Michelin-star kitchen. In 2015 she was awarded a perfect ten score by the Good Food Guide - the first female chef to do so in 15 years. Her first solo restaurant, Core, opened in Notting Hill in the summer of 2017 and entered the Good Food Guide at No 3 with a perfect 10 score, following which Core was awarded two stars by Michelin and and five AA rosettes. Clare was announced as the Best Female Chef for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018. 

More: Follow her on Instagram @chefclaresmyth



Richard CorriganNEW: Sinead Campbell

Job: Street food trader

Where: BBQ Dreamz

As one half of the BBQ Dreamz team who won big in the second series of My Million Pound Menu, Sinéad Campbell and partner Lee Johnson got a £350,000 investment from Charlie McVeigh of the Draft House pub group to bring their Filipino street food to a wider audience. "It’s funny although I’m known for Filipino food it’s amazing how much growing up in Ireland has influenced me," says Sinéad. "I’m also from a big (Mayo) farming background...I pretty much describe myself as half Galway half Mayo, all my summers were spent on the farm."

More: Follow BBQ Dreamz on Instagram @bbqdreamz


richardcorriganRichard Corrigan

Job: Chef Patron of Corrigan Collection, which operates Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, Corrigan’s Mayfair and Dickie's Bar in London, as well as a 100 acre hunting lodge Virginia Park Lodge

Where: Corrigan’s Mayfair,  Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill

Dublin-born, but raised in Meath, Corrigan is one of the powerhouses of the Irish in London’s hospitality industry running Bentley's in Piccadilly and the eponymous Corrigan's in Mayfair. Corrigan’s estate, Virginia Park Lodge in Cavan is a passion project which also provides weekly deliveries of vegetables, fruits & herbs to his London restaurants & Dickie’s Bar.

More: Follow him on Twitter @CorrigansFood


John DevittJohn Devitt

Job: Owner

Where: Koya Soho, Koya City and Koya Ko

Former city boy (and Dubliner) John learned his trade in the kitchen with Giorgio Locatelli at Zafferano and front of house at Pengelley’s. He opened Koya in 2010 after being inspired by a Parisian restaurant devoted to the udon noodle, having cunningly spotted that London was undersupplied in decent noodle joints. Koya Bar followed pretty smartly after and both developed an almost fanatical fan base. Koyo Soho was joined by Koya City which opened at the Bloomberg Arcade and they've recently opened Koya Ko in Market Hall Victoria.


garrett2Garrett Fitzgerald

Job: Restaurateur

Where: Butchies

Bray boy Garrett founded Butchies in 2013 with the intention of creating the ultimate fried chicken sandwich for London's street food scene. In November 2017 he and wife Emer opened their first permanent restaurant, in Shoreditch. Since then, they've opened a second site in Fulham as well as taking over the rooftop restaurant at John Lewis flagship store on Oxford street for Summer 2018. Garrett hopes to further expand with more sites in 2019.

More: Follow them on Instagram @butchies_london


Robin and Sarah GillRobin and Sarah Gill

Job: Restaurateurs and chef

Where: The Dairy, Counter Culture, Sorella

Both from Dublin, this powerhouse restaurant couple are now behind two of the best restaurants in South London, The Dairy and Sorella. Robin earned his stripes working at La Stampa in Dublin before heading to The Oak Room under Marco Pierre White followed by an extensive period with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. In 2016 they opened the snack bar Counter Culture beside the Dairy. They have more planned for this year. Darby's, opens this spring in Embassy Gardens and there are rumours linking him to a restaurant in the upcoming Hyatt Great Scotland Yard hotel in Westminster.

Follow Robin on Twitter: @robingillchef 


brianhannonBrian Hannon

Job: Restaurateur

Where: Super 8 Restaurants - Smoking Goat, Kiln, Brat

Dubliner Brian Hannon came to London as a graduate working for Bass where he worked for 18 years, eventually running over 400 sites. He then spent two years as Selfridges Food & Restaurants direector. From there he teamed up with Ben Chapman to open the first Smoking Goat in Denmark Street and they now co-own Kiln and Smoking Goat in Shoreditch. He also co-own's Shoreditch's hot restaurant Brat together with Tomas Parry and Chapman.

Follow Smoking Goat on Instagram @smokinggoatbar


Colin KellyColin Kelly

Job: Chef/Co-owner

Where: Picture Portland Street and Marylebone

Kelly is from Tullamore and 15 years ago moved to London ‘for one year’, having worked in Dublin's L'Ecrivain. He worked with Anthony Demetre for eight years and ended up as Head Chef at Wild Honey which was awarded a Michelin star after 6 months. He's now co-owner (along with Tom Slegg and Alan Christie) at Picture on Great Portland Street, which got its Bib Gourmand eight weeks after opening and Picture Marylebone.

More: Follow him on Twitter @colinkelly10 


johnkingJohn King

Job: Restaurateur

Where: Bowling Bird

King, who hails from Carlow, began as a barman at Goodman before working his way up to the position of GM at Goodman City for five years. Then he decided to head out on his own in 2017 to open his own restaurant, Bowling Bird, with wine wholesaler Joseph Pelosi.

More: Follow them on Instagram @bowling_bird


David MooreDavid Moore

Job: Founding Director

Where: Pied à Terre

Moore was born in Monaghan and got his first taste of the trade working in his mother's hotel. Having worked everywhere from The Box Tree in Ilkley to Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, when Moore opened Pied à Terre in 1991 he achieved almost instant success - the restaurant won its first Michelin star 13 months later. This year seems him and Pied à Terre's head chef Asimakis Chaniotis move into the street food arena. The pair have just opened Cook Love at Street Feast's Dinerama in Shoreditch. 

More: Follow him on Twitter @davidpied


John Nugent

John Nugent

Job: CEO - Green & Fortune

Having learned his craft as MD of Corrigan Restaurants and at Searcy’s, Dublin-born Nugent was clearly the right man to take over the catering at King’s Place when it opened in 2008. The main restaurant The Rotunda is the key beneficiary of Nugent’s company-owned farm serving up beef and lamb with impeccable farm to fork credentials. The company also runs the event, meeting and private dining spaces at Sea Containers on London's South Bank. Rotunda has just reopened following a major refurbishment - there's now a new open kitchen, revamped bar and additional seating space outside.

More: Follow John on Twitter @_JohnNugent


Oliver PeytonOliver Peyton

Job: CEO

Where: Peyton & Byrne

Born in Mayo, Peyton’s practically an honorary Londoner having been a restaurateur here since the early 90s, revolutionising the scene with The Atlantic in which Hot Dinners lost many an afternoon to the loose concept of the ‘working’ lunch. He's now founder/chairmen of Peyton and Byrne with restaurants at the Wallace Collection and National Portrait Gallery among others. When you add in his starring role on The Great British Menu and his new TV show Restaurant Rescue he’s clearly part of the city’s establishment.

More: Follow Oliver on Twitter @oliverpeyton


RoeNEW: Simon and Cairene Whiteside

Job: Restaurateurs

Where: Roe

Simon first set up shop with his fellow Dubliner Barry Wallace on a market stall in Dublin selling Mackerel Fish & Chips. Six months later they ended up with a restaurant in Brussels, which turned out to be a huge success, and from there opened Hook Camden Town in 2014 selling sustainable fish and chips. Now with his wife Cairene, they have opened Roe in Pop Brixton, focusing on sustainable seafood which was a natural continuation of what Simon had been doing with Bia Mara and Hook. Roe has allowed them to take it up a notch and get back to Simon's roots in higher end dining. They have big plans going forward, and would love a bricks and mortar site in the future.

More: Follow Roe on Instagram @roebrixton.


alanandmarkwoganNEW: Mark and Alan Wogan

Job: Directors

Where: Homeslice

As the sons of the late, legendary Sir Tel, Alan and Mark Wogan are new members on the Murphia List. Their pizza business Homeslice, which they run with Ry Jessup, has gone from strength to strength since it moved from street food status in 2013 to the six strong restaurant group it now is. The sibling duo both bring different talents to the table - Mark used to be executive chef at The Groucho and Alan runs the business side of things for the group.

More: Follow Mark Wogan on Instagram @markwogan13.


Patrick DardisPatrick Dardis

Job: CEO

Where: Young & Co.'s Brewery

Dublin-born Dardis came to London at the tender age of 19 where his first job was working in the bar for Courage Brewery. Working his way up through the industry via Whitbread, Guinness and Marstons, he joined Young’s in 2002 and was made CEO in 2016. Priding himself on allowing each Young's pub to be individual and not identikit, he's built an empire that's as well known for its Scotch Egg Challenge as the legendary Guinness brunches for St Patrick's Day at the Ship in Wandsworth.

Follow Patrick on Twitter @dardisp


Gearoid DevaneyNEW: Gearoid Devaney

Job: Club founder, wine importer and sommelier

Where: Trade

Gearoid left his hometown of Belfast 20 years ago to immerse himself in the world of wine - initially working in the vineyards of Bordeaux and as a sommelier in one, two and three Michelin starred restaurants in both London and Paris. Now director of Burgundy specialist importer Flint Wines, Gearoid is also co-owner of Cabotte, a Burgundy-centric restaurant in the City and has recently opened TRADE Soho, a members’ club exclusively for the hospitality industry. One of only 220 Master Sommeliers, and the only Irish one, Gearoid also sits on the Board for the Court of Master Sommeliers, setting exam papers, teaching courses both in Europe and Asia and guiding the next generation of sommeliers through the rigorous exam programme. 

More: Follow Gearoid on Twitter @gearoid_devaney


HomeboyNEW: Aaron Wall and Ciarán Smith

Job: Directors

Where: Homeboy

Ciaran Smith and Aaron Wall have known each other for years, ever since Aaron was a Bacardi brand ambassador and Ciaran was working in The Shelbourne in Dublin. It took a few more years - during which Ciaran worked for both the Waldorf Astoria in New York and the Dorchester and Aaron joined London Cocktail Club and then Callooh Callay - before they decided to open their own joint venture. Their Irish cocktail bar, Homeboy, opened on Islington's Essex Road just before Christmas and features "London's smallest Irish pub" hidden within.

More: Follow Homeboy on Instagram @homeboybars.


Front of House

Joanna HughesJoanna Hughes

Job: Shop manager

Where: Quality Chop House

Roscommon-born Joanna's first jobs in the business were working at Supernature and the Rose Bakery in Paris. She then did a stint at Ballymaloe and Sheridan's in Galway with some time in Italy in-between. She says "I moved to London was to work with Melanie and Margot at Arnold & Henderson as part of their team running dinner parties and gatherings, a great introduction to London, as we were on the move, and the industry here." She then worked in the famous London cheese shop La Fromagerie and is now fronting the Quality Chop House shop in Farringdon.


Darren McHughDarren McHugh

Job: GM

Where: The Ledbury

Having studied at University College, Dublin and The Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Dublin born Darren is General Manager of The Ledbury. He previously worked at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley and Adam Byatt's Trinity Restaurant. What's less well known is that he also used to be an actor and writer working in theatre, film, television and radio.

 More: Follow Darren on Twitter @darrenlmchugh and Instagram @darrenlmchugh.


Alex MuirAlex Muir

Job: Restaurant Manager

Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

Dublin-born but raised in Doolin County Clare in West Ireland, Alex started his career in London at Four Seasons London at Park Lane. From there he moved to the Mirror Room at Rosewood London before taking on a role at Nathan Outlaw's The Capital London. In 2016, Alex joined the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square to launch La Dame de Pic London, the first UK outpost from French Michelin Star Chef Anne-Sophie Pic. At the end of 2017, he became Restaurant Manager at the hotel's Rotunda Bar and Lounge. He says "2019 will be an exciting year at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square" with plenty planned to keep their customers excited.


oisinOisin Rogers

Job: Publican and restaurateur

Where: The Guinea Grill

Recently described by the Evening Standard as ‘equal parts soft tailoring and good humour,’ there is plenty more to the Sligo-born landlord of Mayfair’s Guinea Grill than his velvet blazers and fondness for the craic. A highly-respected publican of many years’ standing, three of them at The Guinea, Oisín is also a restaurateur, overseeing The Guinea Grill to commercial and critical success few can dream of. Sometime chef, cramming a toque over his mop of curls for occasional shifts on the grill, he is founder and organiser of the Scotch Egg Challenge, now in its ninth year. Oisín is a seasoned publican of 30 years, much in demand for his industry insights.

More: Follow Osh on Twitter @mcmoop and Instagram @mcmoop


Garreth WalshGarreth Walsh

Job: General Manager

Where: The Marylebone

Dublin-born Garreth Walsh began his career in hospitality in Dublin at Jurys Ballsbridge Hotel, quickly working his way up to GM position, moving over to London to open Jurys Inn Chelsea aged just 28. In 2011, he took up the role of GM at The Marylebone, the Doyle Collection’s flagship hotel in London. Over the past 8 years he has overseen the complete redevelopment of the hotel's ground floor spaces which encompass 108 Brasserie, 108 Pantry and 108 Bar alongside seven events spaces (with a second bar launching soon) – now a thriving hub for locals and local businesses – as well as the redesign of more than half of the hotel’s 257 rooms and suites.

More: Follow Garreth on Twitter @garrethwalsh



Jessica CorriganJessica Corrigan

Job: Senior Account Manager

Where: Sauce Communications

The middle child of Richard Corrigan, Jess entered the PR side of the London food world in early 2016 under the tutelage of Maureen Mills at Network London. She's now moved to Sauce Communications where her account clients include chefs Jason Atherton, Sat Bains, Tom Brown and Paul Ainsworth.

More: Follow Jessica on Instagram @jesscorrigan1

Diana Henry


Job: Food Writer and broadcaster

Born in Northern Ireland, Diana's been cooking since the tender age of six. In her early career as a TV producer - during which she took a year out to do a Leith’s Diploma Course - she worked on many of Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall’s series. Following parenthood, she started writing about food and is now the author of 11 acclaimed cookery books. Her latest is How to Eat a Peach of which Nigella Lawson declared, "I couldn't love anyone who didn't love this book." It won Food Book of the Year at the 2019 André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards and was The Sunday Times Food Book of the Year.

More: Follow Diana on Twitter@dianahenryfood and Instagram @dianahenryfood


Niamh ShieldsNiamh Shields

Job: Food & travel blogger, freelance writer and author - Eat like a girl

Niamh seems to know everyone of note on the food and drink scene in London. A Londoner for over 18 years, she hails originally from Dungarvan in Co Waterford. She’s a total globetrotter, always on the go in search of new food inspiration. As well as her blog Eat Like a Girl, she has recently launched a Food and Cooking Podcast, Fingers in Pies. Niamh’s first book, Comfort & Spice, was published in 2011 and she is working on her second. Niamh was shortlisted twice for Red Woman of the Year and her blog won the Observer Food Monthly Blog of the Year. In 2017 her blog was also voted Best Food Blog by Good Housekeeping and Great British Food Magazine.

More: Follow Niamh on Instagram @eatlikeagirl or Twitter @eatlikeagirl


Joe WarwickJoe Warwick

Job: Food Writer and broadcaster

Where: World Restaurant Awards

Joe Warwick is from the north of Ireland (Strangford in County Down to be more precise) has lived in London for the last 20 years and writes about restaurants, food, drink, travel and – very occasionally – other things.  As a journalist, he has worked in print as a restaurant critic and magazine editor, on radio as a reporter for the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme, and on TV once suffered as a judge on Celebrity Master Chef. The third edition of ‘Where Chefs Eat’, his bestselling international restaurant guide and iOS app, was published by Phaidon last year.  His latest project is The World Restaurant Awards, of which he is Creative Director and which grabbed headlines when it launched earlier this year in Paris on February 18, 2019. When it comes to rugby he is a passionate supporter of Ireland (and whoever is playing England.)

More: Follow Joe on Twitter @joewarwick

Photo credit: David Griffen


Behind the scenes

richardoconnellNEW: Richard O'Connell

Job: Restaurant consultant

Where: Seasoned Consultancy

Born in Limerick and trained in Galway, Richard has worked on the London food scene for 27 years, starting at The Landmark under Andrew McLeish. He launched both Chiswell Street Dining Rooms and The Jugged Hare in the City and for the past few years has been Executive Chef at Tom's Kitchen. Now he's branching out on his own, offering advice to those in the industry through his Seasoned Consultancy.

More: Follow Richard on Instagram @richard_o_connell


noelNoel Mahony

Job: Chief Executive

Where: BaxterStorey

You may not have heard of BaxterStorey, but the odds are that you've eaten in one of their restaurants or cafes. As one of the UK’s leading independent food service management companies with 9000 employees, they provide food at universities and banks right through to fashion houses and historic venues . Noel who originates from Kilkenny has been working in hospitality since 1984 helped build their Chef Academy whereby top chefs like Mark Hix and John Campbell mentor BaxterStorey's culinary talent. They also have various restaurant investments too - working with chefs like Monica Galetti to get their restaurants up and running.

More: Follow Noel on Twitter @noelmahony1.


Sinead MallozziSinead Mallozzi

Job: CEO

Place of work: sketch

With a background in hotel management - at one point she was the youngest and only female London hotel General Manager - Sinead, who's from County Clare, moved into events when she created London's first ice rink whilst working for Somerset House. Now as CEO of the sketch empire in London - including its two Michelin-starred restaurant - she oversees more than 8500 guests through the doors every week and was credited by owner Mourad Mazouz as being the restaurant’s saviour when it first opened. sketch has just unveiled the Millicent Fawcett room, an opulent private dining room just 8 guests, named after the feminist icon and suffragist, Dame Millicent Fawcett who made a landmark speech on the site where sketch now stands.


charliemccarthyCharlie McCarthy

Job: Cocktail consultant and editor

Where: A Drop of Irish

Hailing from Skibbereen, Charlie has been in London since 2000 and is a veteran of the London cocktail scene. After a stint as UK Brand Ambassador for Hendrick's Gin & consulting on Tullamore DEW's cocktail programme, Charlie runs brand consultancy, cocktail menu development, bartender training, and exclusive events for clients including The Doyle Collection and Gieves & Hawkes. With a new multi-bar London hotel opening and a Bord Bia project already under his belt in 2019, there's little sign of slowing down.  A Drop of Irish helps support and market Irish alcohol brands in the UK.

More: Follow Drinking Trends on Twitter @drinkingtrends


Paul McKennaPaul McKenna

Job: Managing Director

Where: Red Branch Hospitality

Born in Ireland to a family of restaurateurs, Paul’s first major role was leading the opening team for Sushinho in Chelsea. In 2013 he began working with Des McDonald with whom he opened Holborn Dining Room, The Fish and Chip Shop and Q Grill among others. Red Branch Hospitality have worked on various projects for the Irish-owned Doyle Collection; repositioning their restaurant and bar business across UK, Ireland and the USA. Red Branch Hospitality continue to work with new and innovative clients globally, while also planning on opening their own concepts in London.

More: Follow Paul on Twitter @armaghpmckenna


The producers

evinEvin O’Riordain

Job: Founder

Where: The Kernel Brewery

Indisputably one of the leaders of London’s modern craft beer scene, Evin arrived in London in 1999 from Waterford. For years he worked at Neal’s Yard Dairy before setting up his own cheese shop at Borough Market. A trip to New York inspired him to start homebrewing which led to opening his brewery in an arch at Druid Street by Maltby Street Market back in 2009. Now he's producing around 7600 barrels a year and Kernel beer is stocked in restaurants all over London from Andrew Edmunds to Hawksmoor.

More: Follow them on Instagram @thekernelbrewery


Niall DavidsonDarragh O'Shea

Job: Owner

Where: O’Shea’s Butchers

Darragh is the 8th generation of his family involved in the meat business, which originated in Tipperary back in 1789. Today he works with everyone from Mikael Jonsson at Hedone to the Shangri-La hotel at The Shard, supplying the best meat to the restaurant trade as well as serving up at O’Shea’s counter on Druid Street by Maltby St Market at the weekend.

More: Follow them on Twitter @osheasbutchers


Steve RyanSteve Ryan

Job: Food Photographer - Co-Founder of Root + Bone and 40FT Brewery

Where: Root + Bone, 40FT Brewery

Steve Ryan is a food and drink photographer from Kilkenny. Based in East London since 2010, he shoots both commercial and editorial photography for clients such as Guinness and Jamie Oliver. In 2014, he founded the independent food magazine Root + Bone, which distributes 30,000 copies to restaurants and bars throughout London. Having found a love for making beer with his housemates, in 2015, he co-founded 40FT Brewery, which throws an epic St Patrick's Day party every year.

More: Follow Root + Bone and 40FT on Instagram @rootandbone and @40ftbrewery/




Ones to watch

Dave Ahern - former pop up chef, Ahern is now working on a line of food products called Gastro Punk , featuring a Bacon Ketchup and a Bacon Buffalo Sauce.

Matthew Carter-Burwell - brought up in Dublin, Matthew is now Senior Group Press Manager at Caprice Holdings, looking after restaurants like Scott's, The Ivy and J Sheekey.

Stephen McGonigle - mixologist with fingers in lots of pies, currently working at Head & Tails Bar in West Hampstead 



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