Chef Mark Moriarty
Mark Moriarty started cooking during his summer holidays aged 15 at the Chart House in Dingle, Co Kerry. While completing his degree in Culinary Arts at DIT he began working under Kevin Thornton at Thorntons Restaurant for two years. In 2012 he moved to The Greenhouse on Dawson Street and began working with Mikael Viljanen.
In 2013 he was named the Euro Toques Irish Young Chef of the Year at a ceremony at Google HQ in Dublin. After completing his degree in 2014 he set up the Culinary Counter pop up restaurant with fellow chef Ciaran Sweeney. In February 2015 he was crowned the San Pellegrino UK & Ireland Young chef of the Year at a ceremony in Harrods, London. Representing this region, and mentored by 3 Michelin starred Clare Smyth of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Mark went on to be crowned the San Pellegrino World Young Chef of the Year at a ceremony in Milan, Italy. He won by presenting his signature dish of 'Celeriac baked in barley and fermented hay, cured and smoked celeriac, toasted hay tea' to an esteemed jury including Massimo Bottura, Grant Achatz and Joan Rocha.
Since winning the competition last year, Mark has brought his pop up around the world, showcasing a modern interpretation of classic Irish food. A world tour has seen Mark cook in cities around the world such as Boston, Milan, Paris, London and at Taste of Dublin and Electric Picnic in Ireland. He is a regular on RTÉ's Today Show and TV3’s 7 O’clock Show.