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A Day in the Life of Cormac Vesey

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Cormac Vesey is the new chef on the block in Kilkenny, as he joins the team in Harpers at the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel as their Executive Head Chef. For a 36 year old, Cormac has certainly had a very interesting path to his career in the food industry. He has travelled the world and brought back some tasty culinary twists to Kilkenny and we are delighted to have him.

Cormac, who is a native of Dunshaughlin, County Meath, graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology with a Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts in 2010 and in the same year was awarded the coveted Student of the Year title by his department. Since then he has worked tirelessly cooking in kitchens across the globe. From New Zealand, France and England to Canada. He has also been part of the culinary team in some of Ireland’s most renowned restaurants including the five-star Killarney Park Hotel, Waterford Castle Hotel and the Michelin-starred Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore.

Before returning home to Ireland in late 2018, Cormac worked as a Private Chef in St Tropez cooking for an illustrious family in their coastal villa and creating menus to serve at their many high profile events. Now feeling back at home in Ireland, he is delighted to be back in the kitchen and leading his new team at the four-star Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel.

Here is a glimpse into Cormac’s life and the interesting road that lead him to Kilkenny.

Cormac, describe your typical day in running a restaurant…

Morning – I’m usually in at 11am, quick catch up with service about the bookings for the day. Then to the kitchen to check deliveries and get ready for lunch.

Lunch - 12pm lunch starts so everything is ready to go, quick coffee before service. Normally the rush is over after 2:30pm so its time to do tomorrows orders and prep for dinner service.

Dinner – 5pm dinner service starts, on the pass for the evening. Normally starts to quieten down around at 9.30pm. Then time to write prep lists for the next day.

Becoming a chef wasn't always the plan?

No, I started out as an ornamental plasterer, mainly working in Georgian and Victorian restoration. I worked in Dáil Éireann, Cork Court House and........

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