Boyle is set to welcome a new Chef to the town this week! Paul Baker will be joining the award-winning Drumanilra Farm Kitchen.
“Paul joins us from the fabulous Shells Café and Bakery in Strandhill, where he has worked for the last four years, and as Sous Chef for the last two”, said Justina Gavin of Drumanilra.
“We are delighted to have him. He is a great upcoming talent and shares our ethos of creating fantastic food from the best local and organic ingredients – including those we produce ourselves on our own Drumanilra Organic Farm just outside town.
“We have just had the busiest ever Easter Holiday period at Drumanilra, seeing a significant increase in visitor numbers to our café and the town. We were also surprised and honoured to be named ‘Local Food Heroes – Connaught Region’ at the recent Irish Restaurant Awards in Kilronan Castle.
“We feel this is the right time to be building capacity in our kitchen team. Paul will be working alongside our existing Chef, Rosheen Gallagher. Rosheen has been with us since our days of serving gourmet Dexter Burgers from a Shepherd’s Hut in the garden, and over the last 18 months has helped us establish a professional kitchen and a small bakery at Drumanilra.
“As a team, Paul and Rosheen will be able to produce more of our increasingly popular freshly-baked products including organic breads, pies, quiches and desserts, as well as gluten-free and vegan options. They will also develop a home catering menu. Customers will be able to place take-out orders for catering at home. They will be able to select from cold-cuts of our delicious, organic Dexter beef, dry cure ham, slow-grown lamb and organic chicken, together with a selection of our breads and salads made with ingredients grown in our polytunnels on the farm”.
“I can’t wait to get stuck in”, says Paul. With lots of experience in this area, Paul is also keen to help develop the Special Lunch Plate Offer and to launch a regular Supper Club at Drumanilra. Guests will be able to celebrate local, seasonal and organic produce at Drumanilra, with menus designed around the best on offer on the farm and locally, as the seasons change. With music and guest speakers planned, the Supper Clubs promise to become a great night out in Boyle.
“We’re even hoping that the weather will be good enough for some al fresco evening dining this summer”, says Justina. Paul Baker will be joining the Drumanilra Farm Kitchen from this week (Tuesday, 10th of April).
The Drumanilra Farm Kitchen is currently open Tuesday to Saturday but will be extending its hours to open Monday to Sunday from Tuesday, 1st of May and will be open over the May Bank Holiday weekend.