Renowned Michelin Star chef and TV personality, JP McMahon, is to travel to Cork next month where he will work alongside chefs at the Cork International Hotel to bring his creations to foodies here, for one night only.
The Galway based chef, restaurateur, author and food educator is well known for his innovative approach to food and his support for local food producers.
His philosophy is to produce world-class, contemporary Irish food with wild, seasonal, sustainable West of Ireland ingredients, alongside locally grown and locally produced ingredients for his restaurants; Aniar Restaurant, Tartare Café + Wine and Cava Bodega.
The latter, which was originally called Cava Restaurant, was JP McMahon's first venture, which he opened in May 2008. The vision for the tapas restaurant was about exploring the culinary links between Spain and Ireland, including Galway, and the historic trade between the two countries in lamb, pigs, spices, wine and sherry.
Cava Bodega was awarded Best Casual Dining Restaurant in Galway at the 2017 Irish Restaurant Awards’ Connaught Regional Finals.
In what is being described as the first event of its kind, the Cork International Hotel will host a ‘pop-up’ of the popular Cava Bodega restaurant for one night only, with JP McMahon working with chefs at the hotel to prepare meals on the night.
Attendees will be treated to a glass of Cava on arrival along with nibbles such as almonds and olives. Tapas plates which will be served on the night include cured meats and Spanish cheeses, scallops, meatballs, wild mussels and confit pork belly. Basque-style monkfish, patatas bravas, chocolate mousse and churros are also on the menu.
General Manager at the Cork International Hotel, Carmel Lonergan said: “We are so excited about this very special event happening in April at the hotel. JP is a fantastic chef and our chefs are really looking forward to working with him to create some amazing dishes. This is the first time we have hosted an event like this at our hotel and we hope to have many more over the coming years.”
The event takes place on Thursday, April 9. Tickets are available from Eventbrite.