Focus On: Chefs – Abbey Hotel

Name: Ciaran Sheridan

Business: Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town


Why did you become a chef?
I embarked on my culinary journey inspired by my mother. From the age of eleven, I began as a kitchen porter, gradually immersing myself in the art of crafting starters. Since that time, my passion for cooking has only grown stronger.

What is your signature dish?
Selecting a single signature dish can be quite the challenge for me since I find joy in experimenting and being inventive with my culinary creations. However, if I were to spotlight a seafood dish, I’d have to go with Halibut. It’s an extraordinary fish to work with, consistently yielding remarkable results. Nevertheless, our patrons also frequently rave about the Monkfish and Prawn Balti Curry.

What chef do you admire and why?
Marco Pierre White is a chef I greatly admire. His culinary creations truly speak for themselves, and his unique personality and passion for the culinary arts resonate with me, as I, too, share a bit of that same madness.

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The Diamond, Donegal Town
T: (074) 97 21014

WIN WIN WIN: To celebrate International Chefs Day, the Donegal News are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a €50 voucher to spend at one of the four featured restaurants. All you have to do is email with your name, location and choice of restaurant. Please use the subject line DN Chef Competition. The winner will be chosen at random from all entries received by the closing date Monday 30th October at 10am.

Ts & Cs: NWNG staff members, staff members of the participating businesses and their immediate family members are not permitted to enter. Emails will only be counted once therefore do not send duplicate entries. The winner will be chosen at random from all entries received by the closing date and must be available for any associated publicity photographs, the prize is as stated and non-transferable, negotiable or refundable. The editor’s decision is final.


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