The event is a a light-hearted atmosphere that does not lose sight of the basic principles of the Taste of West Cork Festival. It shall again be hosted by John McKenna, who as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, will conduct the event, talk to the Chefs regarding cooking methods, ingredients and techniques, and interact with the audience and judges.
The Celtic Cook Off is held as part of the A Taste of West Cork Food Festival and has proved very popular with the paying public, the local food producers, Fáilte Ireland, the media and all the Chefs involved.
Scotland: Edinburgh born, Tony Singh has established himself as a leading force on the Scottish restaurant scene as co-founder of Oloroso, the highly acclaimed bar and restaurant in the heart of Scotland’s dynamic capital city.
Isle of Man: David "Butch" Buttery, one-time owner of Tanroagan now has a business installing restaurant kitchens; he also cooks for exhibitions and private functions as well as being chef and recipe consultant for the Manx Organic Network and Island Seafoods.
Ireland: Gary O’Hanlon set up VM @ Viewmount House in Co. Longford in 2008. A beautiful Georgian Manor house once owned by Lord Longford with the Restaurant in the converted stables. Awards since then include Georgina Campbell’s "Sunday Lunch of the Year" 2012
Tickets for 2012 Celtic Cook Off are available from The West Cork Hotel, Cork.