Fresh, young, and full of enthusiasm, Ireland’s latest cooking sensation, Donal Skehan, is confirmed to attend this year’s Savour Kilkenny Food Festival and will showcase Irish craft as he cooks up a storm.
Often referred to as Ireland’s answer to Jamie Oliver, Donal is being brought to Kilkenny by Savour Kilkenny Food Festival and the Crafts Council of Ireland to mark Year of Craft 2011. He will be giving a cooking demonstration combined with showcasing the work of local craftspeople.
Not to be missed, this year’s Savour Kilkenny Food Festival takes place from October 28th to 31st and promises to be the best yet, with a packed programme of events and a food village on the Parade Plaza in front of Kilkenny Castle.
Donal Skehan is a champion of home cooking, a photographer and a food writer, and will give a cooking demonstration on Saturday 29th October. As someone with a deeply held interest and love for Irish craft, this session will perfectly combine the two disciplines. This demonstration will be jointly hosted by Savour Kilkenny and Year of Craft 2011 and spectators will not be disappointed with Donal’s enthusiasm for healthy home cooking.
This year the Crafts Council of Ireland is celebrating the very best of craft made on the island of Ireland with Year of Craft 2011. Year of Craft Project Manager, Maureen Kennelly, said the Crafts Council of Ireland is delighted to be partnering with Savour Kilkenny in bringing Donal Skehan to Kilkenny to mark the special year. “Donal is a huge enthusiast for Irish craft and we are thrilled that he has agreed to showcase the work of talented local craftspeople in this innovative and appealing way. Craft and food truly make for natural bedfellows and both sectors exemplify all that is currently positive about Ireland”, she said.
Savour Kilkenny Festival Director, Marian Flannery, commented “We are very excited to have Donal Skehan joining us for Savour Kilkenny in the Year of Craft 2011. People of all ages love Donal and we look forward to his demonstration using all the wonderful local produce.”
The 25-year-old cook is self taught and a passionate home cook who started his own blog thegoodmoodfoodblog.com in 2007 where he writes about his food adventures and recipes. After 6 months blogging, he was approached by Irish Publishing house, Mercier Press, to write a cookbook based around his recipes. The success of the book lead to TV and radio appearances including Ireland AM, The Afternoon Show, ICE, Nationwide, Market Kitchen in the UK, The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show and The Tubridy Show. This year he released a second cook book ‘Kitchen Hero’ and has a 13 part television series on RTÉ. He writes a regular column for the Irish Independent Weekend Magazine, a weekly column in The Cork News and regularly appears as a guest chef on ITV’s This Morning. For further information, visit www.donalskehan.com
The Savour Kilkenny Food Festival will also feature Kilkenny’s very own celebrity chefs, Edward Hayden and Ann Neary, who were a huge success at last year’s event.
For more information on the festival go to www.savourkilkenny.com. Application forms for stall holders, volunteers and masterchef competition are now available to download on www.savourkilkenny.com
For more information contact:
Marian Flannery, Festival Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org /087 6863243
Siobhan Donohoe, MD Media, at email@example.com /086 1727972
Maureen Kennelly, Year of Craft 2011 Project Manager at 086 829 1179