Working in Cork's Midleton Distillery is the perfect mix for me

Larissa Marrichi hosts a Method and Madness Gin masterclass as part of the fEast festival in September
Working in Cork's Midleton Distillery is the perfect mix for me
Larissa Marrichi Distiller, Micro Distillery at Midleton Distillery

Larissa Marrichi hosts a Method and Madness Gin masterclass as part of the fEast festival. Here she tells us about what brought her to Cork, her love for her job and her proudest moment.


Tell us about yourself

I am originally from Brazil and have been living in Ireland for the last four years.

I moved here when I was awarded a scholarship to study Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering at CIT.

I began my journey on the Jameson Graduate Distiller programme in 2018 and after 10 months, I was promoted to Distiller at the Micro Distillery in Midleton; where I worked on one of Irish Distillers’ most exciting innovations to date — Method and Madness Irish Micro Distilled Gin.

My journey with Irish Distillers has been incredible so far, filled with fast-paced learning. The perfect mix of tradition and innovation!

Where were you born?

I was born in Brazil.

Where do you live?

I now live in Ballyvolane, Co. Cork.

Family?

Do the people in the Midleton Distillery count? They are my family away from home!

Earliest childhood memory?

Helping my grandad on his farm.

Person you most admire?

My mom, she inspires me every day.

Where was your most memorable holiday?

Summer holidays at home in Brazil and the beauty of the beaches there.

Favourite radio show?

RedFM — I love listening to the ‘Secret Sound’ every morning before going to work. What do you think it is?!

Your signature dish if cooking?

Lasagne. I had an Italian nanny who taught me how to cook the real deal!

Favourite restaurant?

Sage in Midleton.

Last book you read?

The Power Of Now. I highly recommend it!

One person you would like to see in concert?

Coldplay. I’ve really liked them for years and would love to see them live.

Do you have a pet?

I have two dogs… Harley and Nutella.

Morning person or night owl?

Night owl, I suppose.

Your proudest moment?

When I got accepted onto the Jameson Graduate Distiller Programme. It is such a fantastic opportunity and one I am very fortunate to have been afforded.

What makes you happy?

Being surrounded by friends and family.

What else are you up to at the moment?

As a Distiller, I am kept busy distilling different spirit types — both whiskey and gin — in the Micro Distillery at Midleton Distillery, which has been very exciting. No two days are the same.

I will be hosting a tasting of the latest innovation to come from our Micro Distillery at Feast Festival 2019 and it will be great to interact with consumers and hear what they think of the product!

MORE ON THE UPCOMING EVENT

Larissa Marrichi is hosting a Method and Madness Gin Masterclass on Thursday, September 5, at 7.30pm in JJ Coppinger’s, as part of the line up for fEast Cork food and drink festival taking place from September 1-8.

Tickets are €10. To book visit www.feastcork.ie.

OTHER FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

fEast, the East Cork Food & Drink Festival which takes place from September 1 to 8 in Midleton, have confirmed their biggest and best line-up to date.

For families, the fEast Cork festival schedule is awash with a variety of indoor and outdoor events to keep all ages entertained.

Enjoy Sunday lunch with a difference and dine al fresco while on the hunt for mischievous fairies at the Producer’s Picnic at Castlemartyr Resort; take time out for an evening of Indian Food & Film at The Ballymaloe Grainstore with Arun Kapil of Green Saffron, serving a feast of incredible Indian dishes; or soak up the fresh air with an afternoon on the grounds of the beautiful Barnabrow House Estate — visit the walled gardens, meet the resident donkeys and enjoy some scrumptious Barnabrow fare from Head Chef Stuart Bowes.

On Saturday, September 7, go along to Meet the Producers of Joe’s Farm Crisps with a behind-the-scenes tour of their crops and award-winning crisp production HQ.

There’s also lots of activities to enjoy on market day, the finale of this year’s festival, with a special Cully & Sully family zone with campfire cooking, planting workshops, seed-balling, bee education, music and much more.

For visitors and locals who loveto dine out, fEast Cork is partnering with some of the finest chefs, restaurants and innovators in the region. The perfect coastal combination of Spanish wine and Irish seafood will be served to lucky guests at the Bayview Hotel, Ballycotton in partnership with Rias Baixas Wines. Chef Kevin Aherne of SAGE is preparing a long table dinner called ‘Keeping Things Natural’ and will build an outside kitchen for the night.

Chef Brian Murray and his team from Cork’s newest restaurant opening The Glass Curtain have planned an exciting collaboration with Midleton’s Ferrit & Lee for an exclusive night of fire and fusion together.

Also on Saturday, September 7, you won’t want to miss a Taste of Ballymaloe: Garden to Table Experience which includes a welcome cocktail and guided tour of the incredible gardens followed by a three course lunch with the team.

Back in Midleton, the team from Dublin’s award-winning Pickle Restaurant will have arrived in Cork for the very first time to create an incredible lunch of North Indian vegetarian dishes.

Later that evening, a talk and tasting entitled ‘Feats of Clay — wines made in Amphorae’ will showcase wines from Georgia and Italy in Crafty Hands Pottery Studio.

The festival also has also included events to showcase local producers and food champions, from a coopering demonstration and whiskey masterclass to a fEAST Lunch Restaurant Trail.

All these events lead up to the big finale on Sunday, September 8, which will host an all-day farmers’ market, gardening workshops, live music, local food stalls and a variety of dining and social events.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival is the new An Chistin tent which includes live cookery demos, drinks masterclasses and an educational series called Appetite Talks. Some of the biggest names in Irish cooking will be dropping by An Chistin including Takashi Miyazaki, Martin Shanahan, Enda McEvoy, Jess Murphy, Sunil Ghail, Ali Honour, Paul Flynn and Kevin Aherne.

For the full festival programme, see www.feastcork.ie or follow @feastcork on Twitter & Instagram or like www.facebook.com/feastcork

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