Last year's Westport Food Fest Forum took place as part of a special festival launch night for the 2016 Festival with special guest  “unrelenting Irish food visionary”, JP McMahon.
 
The 2016 'Food Fest Appetiser' took place prior to the Festival itself on Thursday May 19th in Hotel Westport beginning at 7pm.

 

The educational side of the festival, the Food Fest Forum is a seminar with workshops from Irish hospitality experts. The forum also included talks and presentations from other industry professionals and foodies. This event was suitable for people working in the industry or those simply passionate about all-things-food.

 

 

About JP McMahon

Alessandro Porcelli of the global Cook It Raw project described chef JP McMahon as “the perfect ambassador for modern Irish food”. Perhaps because JP encapsulates in his person so much of what the Irish food experience is – honesty, openess and accessiblity – and combines this with immense pride and confidence in our food.

 

JP believes in bringing good food to everyone, at every level. This is reflected in the three Galway restaurants he runs with his wife Drigin; tapas themed Cava Bodega, gastropub Eat, and terroir–based Michelin-starred restaurant Aniar. All three showcase and support a network of farmers and food producers across the West of Ireland to whom JP is fiercely loyal.

 

Considering JP’s place in the Irish food scene today, and his long list of activities: Commissioner of Euro-Toques Ireland, founder and director of the Galway Food Festival, food columnist at the Irish Times and food contributor to Newstalk radio, it's difficult to believe that he only opened his first restaurant in 2008.

 

As well as that, JP has a degree in Art History and English under his belt, is currently finishing a PhD in Art History and lectures on the topic in UCC. JP is also behind the ‘first of its kind’ international chef symposium in Galway. The first annual Food on the Edge event took place in 2015 and featured 40 acclaimed chefs from Ireland and across the globe.