Michelin Chef, Oliver Dunne, joins us for his debut at Savour Kilkenny having recently opened his latest restaurant, Beef & Lobster. With this simple idea of focusing on the best of Irish beef and lobster in mind, Oliver is joining us to help you wow your guests by showcasing a sumptuous ‘Ultimate Surf & Turf Dinner Party’ menu, with dishes that bring the sea and the land together in creative and divine combinations.
Born in Dublin, Oliver Dunne has worked in some of the world’s best restaurants, having spent his early years learning his craft under the Michelin acclaimed Chefs Gary Rhodes (City Rhodes), Anthony Demetre (Putney Bridge), Gordon Ramsey (Restaurant Gordon Ramsey) and Shane Osborne (Pied á Terre) in London.
In 2003, Oliver came back to Ireland and opened the now synonymous Mint restaurant in Ranelagh, Dublin. After three years and numerous awards such as Ireland’s best new restaurant/chef he seized the opportunity to open his own restaurant Bon Appetit in the picturesque village of Malahide in North County Dublin in December 2006. The restaurant consists of a Restaurant, Brasserie, Tapas Bar and Cookery School and is split over a four story Georgian house with sea views. More recently in 2013, Oliver opened the Cleaver East in The Clarence Hotel. The ethos of Cleaver East is to deliver the highest standard of food and cuisine at really affordable prices. His newest venture is Beef and Lobster focusing on the best of Irish beef and lobster, a smaller menu with a price tag that delivers value for money.
Oliver’s ethos is to produce simple, amazing dishes using only the finest locally sourced ingredients, in an informal relaxing environment. In just thirteen months, from opening and at the age of 28, Oliver’s first floor restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, the fastest ever received by an Irish Chef and has been maintained ever since.
Oliver is a regular on RTÉ Today and TV3’s 6 O’Clock Show. He has also been a regular contributor on various TV and Radio shows on RTÉ One such as The Afternoon Show, Masterchef Ireland, The Restaurant and Today. On TV3 he is also a regular face on Ireland AM and The Midday Show as well as making regular contributions to the airwaves on Newstalk, Q102, Today FM and RTÉ Radio.
In addition to this he has also provided numerous recipes, cooking tips and features in The Irish Times, Sunday Times, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Business Post and Irish Examiner newspapers along with Food and Wine Magazine, VIP Magazine, Social and Personal Magazine and Image magazine.
In 2015 Oliver joined the judging panel of the San Pellegrino Young Chef semi-final competition in Ireland and the UK where the contestants had to prepare and cook their very own signature dish which was critiqued across five areas including ingredients, skill, genius, beauty and message.
Oliver lives in Malahide with his wife Sabine and his two children Evan and Kimi.