Brian McDermott is an award-winning chef from Co Donegal, as well as chef-proprietor of the newly-restored Foyle Hotel by Chef Brian McDermott in Moville. Originally from nearby Burt, he published his second cookery book, Brian McDermott’s Donegal Table, to critical and popular acclaim earlier this year. He is a firm favourite on the Irish food festival circuit, and is highly sought after as a demo chef and MC at festivals from Taste of Donegal to the National Ploughing Championships. He is a regular on TV and radio throughout Ireland, including the Today Show on RTÉ 1 and BBC Radio Foyle’s Mark Patterson Show. In 2018 he was named Ulster’s Local Food Hero at the prestigious Irish Restaurant Awards.
Fans of Brian McDermott will already be familiar with that passion for local food, which has made him a regular on the Irish food festival circuit. He runs his own cookery school at his home in Moville, Co. Donegal, and is in demand for both cookery demonstrations and as a host and compere – for example, as MC at the prestigious Taste of Dublin festival and as the National Dairy Council’s official chef demonstrator at national events, including Bloom in the Park and the National Ploughing Championships. He is also well known as a television and radio chef – he is a regular on RTE’s The Today Show, has a weekly slot on BBC Radio Foyle and appears monthly on BBC Radio Ulster, as well as featuring on Highland Radio, RTE’s Nationwide, and the local and national press.
Brian is one of few Irish chefs to hold a Culinary Arts Degree, and is currently general manager of the North West Regional College’s Foodovation food development centre – the only one of its kind in the north and west of Ireland – and is a food consultant to some of the biggest names in Irish food. He is also a food advisor to the Donegal GAA and gives cookery classes and provides nutritional advice to the Senior Football team. He is the author of the cookery book ‘Reunite with Food’, and his second book is due shortly.
Brian lives in Moville, Co. Donegal with his wife Brenda and daughters Niamh and Aoife.