Lily Ramirez-Foran is the founder of Ireland’s Mexican boutique grocer and cookery school, Picado Mexican in Portobello, Dublin 2; she’s also the author behind the popular Mexican Food blog ‘A Mexican Cook’. Lily has been living and cooking in Ireland for 20 years with her Irish husband and business partner, Alan Foran. She’s a woman on a mission to showcase Mexican food beyond its clichés and misconceptions. When not busy with work, Lily can be found in her kitchen experimenting with recipes, writing on her kitchen table and learning to grow food in her tiny urban garden. Shop keeper, food writer, story teller, mad dreamer and lover of all things Irish. Her first cookbook, TACOS, is due to be published in Spring 2022.
She is a chef member of Euro-Toques Ireland, and passionately believes in the Slow Food ethos of good, clean and fair food. She has delivered Mexican food demos at The West Waterford Food Festival, Dublin Tall Ships Festival, The Theatre of Food at Electric Picnic, The National Ploughing Championships, The Galway Food Festival, the Rocking Food Festival as well as in several cookery schools in Ireland. She has contributed recipes to Easy Food Magazine, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent Weekend Magazine, The Journal, The RTE Guide, Eat Magazine, Slainte, The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider and to several Irish food online publications. Picado Mexican has been featured with the BBC Travel, The New York Times, Condé Nast and British Airways Magazine.
Lily has been working on TV for the past six years, she’s worked with the Today Show in RTE One, the food documentary, What Are We Eating and a small segment on Dancing with the Stars where she taught Rugby legend, Peter Stringer, to cook healthy Mexican snacks. She’s a regular contributor to Virgin Media One’s Ireland AM, with a monthly cooking segment for the last four years. Last year, Lily and Picado featured in the Dublin episode of the epic food documentary ‘F*ck That’s Delicious’ with VICELAND aired in March in the US and Europe and the response has been amazing.