The Story So Far

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Brian was born and raised in Burt, Co. Donegal.  As one of twelve children, the focal point of the family was always his mother’s kitchen table, and her home cooking continues to inspire Brian as he shares his own love of food with others.

Brian is one of few Irish chefs to hold a Culinary Arts Degree, graduating top of his class, and he went on to have a successful career as a chef in some of Donegal’s top kitchens.  He was a senior global product developer for Kerry Group when, aged 32, he was diagnosed with a heart condition.

Forced to re-evaluate his priorities, Brian became a champion for healthy food which was tasty and affordable, and, fuelled by a desire to pass that knowledge on to others, began teaching schools and community groups in his local area.

Today he is a popular celebrity chef who is a regular both on the Irish food festival circuit and on RTE and BBC television and radio.  He runs his own cookery school in Moville, Co. Donegal, is a food consultant for major Irish companies, and is general manager of the Foodovation food development centre in the North West Regional College in Derry.

He is also the author of the successful cookery book, ‘Reunite with Food’, and is looking forward to publishing his second book later this year.

“I am passionate about cooking and I believe here in Ireland we have  local produce to rival anywhere in the world. We want to share that passion with you and share some great dishes along the way.” – Brian McDermott

Media Work

Brian is a regular contributor to a range of media outlets across Ireland. He has a weekly piece on the Mark Patterson show on BBC Radio Foyle and also a monthly slot on the Stephen McCauley show on BBC Radio Ulster.

Brian is also a contributor to the Afternoon Show on RTE One and has appears regularly on radio and television programmes to talk about  food related issues.

On the Radio

Brian and Daithi RTE Today

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