Chef Brian highlights Inishowen’s great food

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‘Reunite With Food’ is a ten part radio series on Inishowen’s own local radio, ICR, focussing on healthy cooking in the Inishowen community.

One of the main aims of the series ‘Reunite With Food’ is to highlight the fantastic work done by community groups across Inishowen, and in each show chef Brian McDermott, who also presents the show, works with a different community group or element of the community here in the Peninsula.

Brian has carefully selected the groups ensuring representation for all elements of the community, from Quigley’s Point, Clonmany, Glengad and Movillle community centres to Carndonagh Community School, Moville Youth Club and the ICA etc., Brian has reached out to a huge range of ages and interests.

Brian is Ireland’s first Community Chef. He has been cooking professionally for 18 years, and spent most of his career in the Inishowen Peninsula where he owned his own award-winning restaurant “Finnegan’s”. He has also cooked in places like Kealy’s famous Seafood Bar in Greencastle, Harry’s in Bridgend, played a product development role at Kerry Food Global and worked with Raymond Blanc at the prestigious two Michelin star restaurant - Le Manoir- in the UK.

 “These have all been fantastic and rewarding experiences for me but at the end of the day, the role I gain most satisfaction from is in running cookery skills and nutrition projects at local level, and working with the public at demonstrations and events ” says Brian.

Now he works with men and women at local level in their own communities, young people and school children, the unemployed, ethnic groups, lone parent groups and low income households. He visits trade shows, festivals, schools and community centres to give demonstrations and advice. Brian has also just completed a degree in Culinary Arts through LYIT in Killybegs.

Each programme also highlights a different recipe – often a traditional Irish recipe with a modern slant. So not only will those listening pick up tips on cooking these for themselves, they will also find out about various groups in their community and the work they do. Another important element of each programme is the segment where Brian catches up with a local food producer. Over the past few weeks Brian and editor of the series, Emma McDermott, have had the pleasure of visiting these local business ventures including William Doherty’s butchers and Noone’s poultry in Clonmany, the Foyle Fisherman’s Co-Op, dairy farmer Sean Faulkner, Donegal Mushrooms and Moville Community Garden. The importance of sourcing fresh local produce where possible, is a message Brain strives to drive home through his work. Not only do you know where your produce comes from, this also helps increase trade for local businesses.

Beginning on ICRfm tomorrow, Wednesday, 6th June and running through until Tuesday 19th June, the programmes will air each weekday morning at 9:00am as part of the ‘Voices of Inishowen’ magazine show. Each show will be repeated that same evening at 7:00pm. Tune in to 105 or 107.6fm, or listen online at

Inishowen Community Radio – Your Community, Your Radio.