MEET YOUR HOSTS
Guest Chef: Amanda Cohen
Amanda Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning vegetable restaurant on New York City's Lower East Side. The restaurant's original location only had 18 seats and was open for six years, during which time it became the first vegetarian restaurant in 17 years to receive two stars from the New York Times, was recognized by the Michelin Guide five years in a row, and won awards from Gourmet Magazine, the Village Voice, and many others. Amanda was the first vegetarian chef to compete on Iron Chef America and her comic book cookbook, Dirt Candy: A Cookbook, is the first graphic novel cookbook to be published in North America. It's currently in its fourth printing.
Potentino Host: Charlotte Horton
Charlotte has been making award-winning wines in Tuscany for over 25 years. She has restored two large rural properties in Tuscany. At Castello di Potentino, she revitalised an abandoned estate, planting new vineyards, bringing back olive trees into production and recreating the castle as a residential cultural hub. She has been running food and wine pop-up events all over the world with her brother, Alexander Greene. Before moving to Italy, she worked for Vogue Magazine, Secker and Warburg Publishing House and then as a freelance journalist. In 2013, she was recognized as one of the Barclay’s Women of Achievement.
'The CASTLE represented a monumental continuation of an archaic relationship between man and his environment. It was a paradigm or archetype of that creative reciprocity and I soon realised it should come back to life as the dynamic cultural hub that it had always been – a PLACE where man, nature and artful intelligence meet and create – a 21st Century Castle.' Charlotte Horton
Food On The Edge host: Jp McMahon
JP McMahon is a chef, restaurateur and author. He is culinary director of the EatGalway Restaurant Group, which comprises of Michelin-starred Aniar Restaurant , award-winning Spanish restaurant Cava Bodega, and Eat Gastropub - which has inspired his next cookbook Gastropub Revolution. He also runs the Aniar Boutique Cookery School. JP is committed to the educational and ethical aspects of food, to buying and supporting the best of local and free-range produce, and engaging directly with farmers and producers.
JP is the founder and plays host to one of the biggest and most talked about international food events in Europe, Food On The Edge. The inaugural event took place in Galway in October 2015 with 2016 already causing stir. The event features the best international chefs from across the globe. The Edge 2015 won Food Event of the Year by John and Sally McKenna and received worldwide recognition.
Director, founding and current chair of the Galway Food Festival, JP is an ambassador for Irish food and a network leader for the global Cook it Raw project. He is also the ambassador for Spanish food in Ireland in particular promoting the wines of Rías Baixas (Galicia) and Jerez. JP is currently a commissioner for Euro-Toques Ireland and sits on its Food Council.
MEDIA: Published author and writer of 'Tapas, A Taste of Spain in Ireland' with second book Gastropub Revolution currently in production. He is a food writer and has a weekly column in the Irish Times on Saturday. He is a regular contributor to Newstalk radio and a bi-weekly slot on RTE TV plus was the winning mentor for the 2015 RTE Series Taste of Success.