A Dublin native, Gary brings over 20 years of culinary experience, having most recently been Executive Chef at 5* Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny.
His interest in cooking began at an early age, taking his cue from his grandmother, an amazing home baker in her country kitchen where he spent his formative years by her side at her beloved Stanley Stove. He still hankers for her soda bread, to this day. Gary’s Dad (a former Chef in the Irish Army & Owner of a Catering Business) also inspired Gary to follow his passion to become a chef.
Gary trained and worked in various Irish hotels and restaurants before heading to Australia where he worked as Executive Chef at the 5* Skycity in Darwin. With over 150 luxury rooms plus VIP Super Villas with Gaming Suites, Gary was in charge of all the food operations including five restaurants with an Australian Good Food and Travel Guide “Hatted” fine dining restaurant, seven bars, a casino, spa, large event and banquet facilities.
In 2016 Gary was keen to get back home to Ireland with his young family and took the position of Executive Chef at 5* Lyrath Estate Hotel, where he implemented created new menus and achieving awards along the way including 2 AA Rosettes for Yew restaurant and launched The Grill restaurant using his own concepts and open kitchen plan design.
Gary brings a depth of knowledge, flavour and flair to the kitchens at Conrad Dublin. His cooking style is classic French in origin with Asian nuisances, letting the quality of the ingredients shine through. Guests can look forward to some simple but expertly executed dishes using techniques mastered over 20 years and some newly acquired skills from his stint in Australia.
When the positions arose at Conrad Dublin for a new Executive Chef, Gary saw this as a great opportunity to return to his home turf and also to work with the much-admired global brand. When not in the kitchen, Gary enjoys spending time with his wife Áine (his childhood sweetheart) and their 3 beautiful daughters. Born and reared in Balbriggan, Gary and his family have settled in the Naul, Co. Dublin but still loves to travel regularly for culinary inspiration. Gary also has an impressive cookbook library, which keeps on growing!
To learn more about or connect with Conrad Dublin, please visit www.conraddublin.com, call +353 1 6028900 or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
For more information about Conrad Hotels & Resorts, please visit http://news.conradhotels.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @conradhotels.