Pastry Chef, Shane Smith has over 20 years’ experience working in some of the world’s most celebrated pastry kitchens across the globe.
Shane’s love of culinary arts started at a young age and he was inspired by his two grandmothers and mum who were all avid home bakers. At the age of 16, he began his first job as a commis chef at a local hotel, where his love of cooking was cemented. The aspiring chef began his formal training at Killybegs Tourism College in Donegal, and went on to graduate with a Degree in Culinary Arts, specialising in Pastry, from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
Shane considers himself very lucky to have spent the past two decades in a career that fulfills him on a daily basis, experimenting with seasonal ingredients and methods, developing new recipes and pushing his creativity to produce exquisite pastries that are sculptural, beautiful and delicious. Today his culinary repertoire and technical skills are second to none and Shane is passionate about passing on his knowledge to the next generation of pastry chefs and home bakers.
Over the years, Shane has received numerous awards in recognition for his work, including “Best Bakery Manager in Ireland” and “Top 10 Pastry chefs in Ireland” by Food & Wine magazine. Shane was announced as Brand Ambassador for Kenwood Ireland in 2021 where he creates monthly recipes and most recently launched an Afternoon video series with the global brand.
He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times, Independent, & Irish Examiner, Easy Food Magazine, Irish Country Living and other national publications. He also writes a monthly baking column for the Anglo Celt newspaper in his hometown of County Cavan. Shane is an avid food photographer and works with some of the country's biggest brands developing recipes and creating online content. In between all this, he holds a regular cookery segment on The RTÉ Today Show where he can be seen bringing his natural flair and love for all things sweet to the nation’s homes.
You can find all Shanes creations on his website http://www.chefshanesmith.ie/