Weekend is full of busy brunch days

Ahead of the Long Table Dinner this weekend, we chat to chef and restaurant owner, Ali Honour about her work, down time and catching up with friends and family
Weekend is full of busy brunch days
Ali Honour of Ali's Kitchen, Paul Street, Cork. Picture: Joleen Cronin

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I am Ali Honour, the chef and owner at Ali’s Kitchen, Rory Gallagher Place on Paul Street in Cork City. I’m a blow-in from the UK, a chef and baker, originally from Oxfordshire, I came to Cork nearly 15 years ago and it has been my home ever since. I am a founding member of Cork’s Long Table Dinner on South Mall as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. This year the event is taking place on Sunday June 24, tickets sold out within minutes! The demand was incredible. The 10 restaurants involved decided to add a ‘Walk the Long Table’ food trail ahead of the main event so that Corkonians can meet the makers of Cork’s Long Table and sample some of the incredible local produce we use everyday.

What is your ideal way to spend a Friday night?

An early glass of vino or aperol is always good if the sun is shining! More often than not, I put the feet up at home and early to bed to get ready for the busy Saturday in the kitchen.

Lie ins or up with the lark.. which is it for you?

Up with the lark most days, but I do love a lie in when you can get one!

Does work creep into your weekend at all?

Yes, Saturday and Sundays are both really busy brunch days.

Ali Honour, a chef and baker
Ali Honour, a chef and baker

If money was no object where would you head to on a weekend city break? And who would you bring with you?

I wouldn’t mind a short trip to Monaco for the Grand Prix with my Italian Ferrari Made man!

Closer to home, is there some place you like to head to recharge the Batteries?

I always love a nice drive and walk along the beach, but I recharge mostly with running around the city and especially down at the marina, it’s such a beautiful spot, so close to the city centre.

Do you like to catch up with family/friends at the weekend?

My friends are my family, we love getting together when we can for dinner parties.

Do you get to indulge any hobbies? Even as a spectator?

I do Barre classes three to four times a week in my favourite place to unwind, ‘Flex In The City’ on Penrose Wharf. #hardcorepilates!

Entertain or be entertained? If it’s the latter do you have a signature dish?

I still love cooking for friends but I have to say when my partner Luca or pals cook for me, it’s a real treat.

We have so many places to eat out in Cork - where are your go to spots for coffee/ lunch/ special meal?

I rarely get the chance to but when I do, Filter on Georges Quay for Coffee. Nash 19 and the English Market for lunch, and Café Paradiso for a special meal.

Sunday night comes around too fast.. how do you normally spend it?

It all depends on finishing work but usually - a nice run, a lovely dinner and a glass of wine with Luca.

What time does your alarm clock go off on Monday morning?

My Mondays are now a lot easier! This kitchen is closed so get that lie in. All before paper/orders and a trip to English Market.

MORE ABOUT ALI AND THE FOOD TRAIL

Ali’s Kitchen is a casual dining experience where Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch are inspired by family traditions and influences from home. Ali is one of the 10 restauranteurs involved in the highly anticipated sold out Cork’s Long Table Dinner, which takes place outdoors on South Mall, Sunday June 24. Ahead of the main event, the team behind Cork’s Long Table are opening their doors for ‘Walk the Long Table’, a brand new food trail stopping at each of the 10 participating restaurants. Explore behind the scenes in their premises in Cork city and sample some of the delicious local produce from the Menu of Cork’s Long Table 2018. 

The first food trail takes place WednesdayJune 20, the second runs today, Friday June 22. Tickets (€65) are on sale now from corkmidsummer.com.

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