Clonakilty Agricultural Show in association with Clonakilty Black Pudding is delighted to announce that celebrity chef, Joe Shannon, well known from his TV3 and Ocean FM appearances, will be conducting demonstrations at Clonakilty Agrcultural Show on Sunday, June 9, the theme being Summer Barbeque.
Joe was born in Coventry in the English midlands of Irish parents, his father was a blacksmith and his mother was a nurse. The family moved back to Ireland in the 1970 settling in Ballina originally before moving to Enniscrone.
Joe began his working career in a local cafe at the tender age of 12, making chips was his first job and he recalls peeling tonnes of spuds. His next step wasn’t quite running away with the circus, but it was close. When a funfair came to town Joe spotted a decrepit chip van and struck a deal with the owner – if he cleaned it up and operated it, they would go halves on the profits. Deal done and he was off with the funfair for that summer.
When the family moved to Sligo in Joe’s Leaving Certificate year, he stayed behind and lived with an inspirational farmer and friend of the family, Padraig English. Padraig taught him foraging, how to use what was around you and to value quality food. They harvested wild mint and garlic, stuffed lamb shanks with the mix and slow cooked it to melting perfection. He learned to make breads, jams and preserves. This was a wonderful education and set him up well for catering college in Killybegs.
After finishing college he moved to England and worked in high end hotels with large kitchen brigades. He worked around Europe, did a stint in Bermuda and the Middle East. One dinner for 800 people had none other than Hillary Clinton as guest of honour and he served them nettle soup.
Returning to Ireland, Joe took a job in the Longford Arms where he met his wife Marie, then he went back to Sligo where he worked in The Embassy Rooms and the Moorings in Rosses Point before he settled in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Sligo where he is the Executive Head Chef. He has been awarded many accolades, has travelled extensively, participating in all sorts of culinary delights.
The Classibawn Restaurant at the Radisson Hotel and Spa is AA Rosette accredited, Joe has won Mouton Cadet Sunday Lunch Awards, as well as been a founding member of the North West Branch of the Panel of Chefs and has also served on the National Executive of the Panel of Chefs of Ireland.
His demonstration work has brought him to Irish festivals in Abu Dhabi as well as mainland Europe; he has given many lectures to collages on kitchen management, motivation and hygiene. He has been both competitor and judge at many international food competitions.
His media career started with a once off appearance on TV3’s Ireland AM and more than a dozen years later he’s still there every Monday. Sunday nights are spent in Dublin and it’s a 5.30am start on Monday ensuring everything is set up just the way he likes it before filming starts. He’s back on the road home to Sligo when most people are just starting work.
He is totally passionate about all things food and his cookery demonstrations are renowned nationally for his inspirational dishes delivered with great passion and fun. So we are all looking forward to some fun loving barbeque recipes which we can try out at home during the summer and hopefully we will have the weather to enjoy it.
For anyone who wishes to be part of this great exhibition, bookings are still being taken for foodie stands, booking form available on site – www.clonakiltyagrishow.com.