Traveling is like life. You make plans and then life or chance changes your path. Before we left the beautiful Kildare county, we ran into a lovely lady on the grounds of the K Club. We struck up a conversation and I mentioned I was a chef in Dallas. She had visited Dallas the year prior to meet her friends. So our conversation lasted with so much common ground. She was absolutely lovely and very friendly. We talked about why we came to Ireland for a food tour and discover my culinary roots. We talked about our itinerary and that we were going to Killarney the next day to discover the food on the west coast of Ireland. She said we must first detour and go to Cork and visit the English Market. It was a must see for someone like myself that thinks 24/7 about food. I didn't know about it, actually never heard about. She explained it is situated in the heart of Cork City. It is a roofed market and has been trading since 1788. It was developed and is still owned by the Cork City Council. It is the oldest municipal market of it's kind in the world. I was sold. Family we are off to Cork!
Monday, August 6, 2018
Joël Robuchon has more Michelin stars than any other chef in history. He opened his first restaurant, Jasmin, in 1981. He was the contemporary to many fine chefs, like Gordon Ramsey which he argued was one of his most talented but frustrating chefs. They often came to verbal blows, but one time Ramsey was just a little to snarky for Robuchon's liking so he threw a plate at him. (I would have just clobbered him with my fist!)
He is best known in the states for his namesake restaurant in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. I never made it to his restaurants but it was always a dream of mine. His food was meticulously prepared and he didn't accept anything but excellence. The food world lost another titan of the industry. Au revoir mon frere! We will still enjoy the recipes and the legacies you left behind.