HEAD CHEF: David Lee, Head Chef at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa, with Niall Coffey (General Manager).
What does a Head Chef do during his first week at the renowned five star Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa – host a sell-out dinner – feeding over 100 of the town’s local residents.
Recently appointed Head Chef, David Lee, joined the well-known team at Aghadoe Heights just in time to launch the second in a series of three dining experiences, known as ‘The Taste of Aghadoe’. A full house, of predominantly local guests, came together at the start of the month to enjoy a mouth-watering elegant dining experience at an equally attractive price point. The three themed evenings were added to the dining calendar in order to encourage local guests to experience the wonderful array of dishes on offer at the 2AA Rosette Lake Room restaurant.
“Sometimes there is a misconception that hotel restaurants are for hotel guests,” David said.
“We want the whole town of Killarney, and surrounding areas, to know that we are open for business and that our Lake Room restaurant and Heights Lounge and Piano Bar are wonderful dining options for any night of the week.”
Interestingly enough, David took a U-turn on his planned career path after discovering that his Biochemistry course was not ticking all the boxes when it came to job satisfaction. While working part-time in a city centre restaurant, David was instantly enamoured by the addictive energy and charismatic buzz of the kitchen. This, coupled with warm childhood memories of his nan’s incredible cooking and homemade stews, was the beginning of David’s career as a chef.
David enrolled at Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London, possibly the most prestigious and respected cookery school in the United Kingdom, which boasts an impressive alumni of well-known celebrity and TV chefs, including Matt Tebbutt, Lorraine Pascale and Gizzi Erskine.
While living in London, David spent his time working in the sophisticated and edgy neighbourhood of Knightsbridge, where he refined his skills in classical French bourgeois cooking and then onto Soho, under Chef Director Ben Tish in Ember Yard, where he gained invaluable experience in the concept of live fire cooking.
David moved on to Chess Club, a distinguished private members’ club in Mayfair where he worked under Executive Chef, Jackson Boxer, and spent his time fulfilling the culinary desires of some the world’s best-known faces.
Bringing his talents back to Ireland, David joined the team at Dunraven Arms in Limerick, working closely with the Murphy family. The establishment is renowned for their outstanding food quality and was featured in the very first Michelin Guide of the United Kingdom and Ireland in 1911. They were since honoured in 2011 with a commemorative special edition.
But it’s not all about cooking. When away from the heat and intensity of running a five star kitchen, David enjoys fishing and running and is an avid fan of music. Given that his family are such an important part of his life, David was delighted to further his career in Ireland and be living close to home.
Although having grown up in Cork, David admits that he is excited about living in neighbouring Kerry. He has fond memories of times away with loved ones in Killarney and this made his decision to relocate to The Kingdom “a no brainer”.
Apart from the stunning scenery, David sees Killarney as a hugely significant hub for hospitality and has big plans for the culinary scene at the much loved Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have David leading our fantastic team of chefs and we look forward to seeing what plans he has for the dining experience at Aghadoe Heights,” General Manager, Niall Coffey, said.
Green light for teen accommodation
By Michelle Crean Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]
By Michelle Crean
Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.
An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.
The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.
The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.
The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.
The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.
Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.
Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months
By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]
By Sean Moriarty
Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.
Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.
Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.
“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”
She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.
“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”
Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities
An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities.
The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.
Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life.
“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement.
“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk.
An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.
An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/
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