Hi Folks, I am delighted to share this A Taste of Ireland chef series video I made with Noel McMeel. Its set in my home County Fermanagh. It also showcases the stunning Fermanagh lakelands and landscape. Most notably some of my own personal favourite places, Castle Archdale, Lough Erne, the White island statues, Tully Castle and Enniskillen castle. There is a wealth of beautiful historical sites and lanscapes in Fermanagh that I cannot do justice to in this post I will return to the subject in more detail in the future.
A number of years ago I realised Fermanagh has (much like my now adopted county Cork) great produce. Most notably Pat O’Doherty owner of the famous black bacon and Noel creates a dish dedicated to Pat O’Doherty`s pork, a well as Kettyle’s meats.
Noel is a true ambassador for local produce, and has dedicated his entire career to one very simple goal: finding, preparing and serving fresh food in season.
In 1988, Noel won a scholarship to the United States in Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island and Boston University. This opened doors for Noel to work with some of the most respected chefs in the world, Scholarship from the International Association of Culinary Professionals which allowed him to work alongside the world famous chef, Jean-Louis Palladin, at the Watergate Hotel, Washington. After returning to Northern Ireland Noel took up position of Head Chef at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel, for six years (where he set up and implemented Investors in People and a National Training Awards). Noel went on to Open Trompets Restaurant, Magherafelt, Co. Derry, which featured in the Michelin AA Guide. From there Noel took up a position of Executive Head Chef at Castle Leslie, Co. Monaghan, with responsibility for Castle and Hunting Lodge cuisine, Castle Leslie food products, Castle Leslie Cookery School.
Throughout his career, Noel has had regular television appearances including the second series of the Great British Menu in spring 2007 and the BBC Two series, Food Poker, in autumn 2007. He also represented Northern Ireland in the 2008 series of the Great British Menu. Closer to home, Noel is a contributor to RTE’s Afternoon Show. The top chef regularly contributes recipes and editorials to leading magazines and publications, including Bon Appétit, America’s Food and Entertainment Guide, as well as Food & Wine and Northern Woman.
Now firmly established at Lough Erne Resort, Noel has introduced his own particular brand of modern Irish cooking to a new and discerning audience. Noel McMeel arrived at Lough Erne Resort with a simple philosophy: sourcing, preparing and serving fresh food in season.
The Resort offers a variety of innovative dining experiences, all of which have quality and authenticity at their heart. The Loughside Bar & Grill for example, offers guests a casual all day dining. Opened in July 2009, its operation is driven by a desire to create a genuine experience of Irish hospitality at its best.