RockSteady Food Co are friends Conor Lyons and Aaron Comerford. They are known for their Cook Out Parties. But on July 20, they will be heading out west bringing with them their Grub N Dub Club in a collaboration with Flavour.ie that is sure to be the hottest ticket in town this summer!
Work-wise I keep myself busy with a few different projects! I DJ a few nights a week around the city, and my days are split between Cork Heritage Pubs and RockSteady Food Co. I’ve been lucky enough in life that I’ve been able to turn my passions into my work — so none of it really feels like work to me!
Aaron (A): I’m Aaron, originally from Dublin but I moved to Kilkenny with my family when I was 12. I am the oldest of two, although my sister Leah claims the number one spot in the family. My dad, also my best friend, is a man of all trades but recently found his calling in teaching fitness to people struggling with mental health problems. My mother is the glue that holds the house together and somebody I could not live without. She works as a Montessori teacher in Kilkenny city.
I enjoyed living in Kilkenny but after I left school, I found that there wasn’t much for me there so, after a quick stint in Australia, where I found my first taste of the kitchen, I wound up in Cork studding Culinary Arts. I instantly fell in love with the city.
As for work I am currently working as a chef in a cafe restaurant called Vikki’s located in Sundays Well. I recently just finished my level 7 in Culinary Arts but I have signed up for a Level 8 so I am still in full-time education. I try to focus all my remaining time on RockSteady. I try to pack a lot into a week, it keeps it interesting.
I’ve recently started experimenting with my new smoker in the yard too, so if the weather is fine for the weekend there’s a good chance there’s brisket/pork shoulder/duck being cooked low and slow.
A: I love to cook for people inside the house, any one of my mates that come to my house always leave fed whether they are just calling up to say ‘Hi’ or with the intent of getting food! I would not say I have a signature dish, but I have a few ingredients I just love to cook with such as garlic, chilies and lemon.