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Deanes, Belfast

Local Food Heroes

Thanks to the pioneering work of local food heroes, Northern Ireland has a vibrant restaurant scene relishing more sophisticated and adventurous choices.

Michael Deane
The proprietor's dream has always been to run good busy restaurants and at Michael Deane's restaurants, the food is straightforward, but inspired, just like the man himself!

Noel McMeel
Head chef at the Lough Erne Golf Resort in County Fermanagh, Noel has earned critical acclaim for his use of carefully sourced ingredients and his modern Irish cooking style. Noel cooked for the wedding of Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, and appeared in the 2008 series of the Great British Menu, representing Northern Ireland.

Danny Millar
Currently head chef of Balloo House in Killinchy (winner of the Hospitality Award at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2007), Danny spent the previous four years as head chef at Paul Rankin’s Cayenne. Danny describes the food at Balloo House as a modern interpretation of classic European cooking and uses only the finest, locally sourced ingredients and organic produce where possible.

Niall McKennaNiall McKenna
Niall is the chef/owner of the James Street South group and focuses on serving local seasonal produce cooked with classic French technique and flair. Since opening its doors, James Street South Restaurant group has won a loyal customer following and an abundance of accolades, much enhancing the Belfast restaurant scene. Niall also competed in the BBC2 series of the Great British Menu where he went on to compete in the UK final.  Niall won the prestigious NI Tourism Hero award at the 2014 NI Tourism Awards.


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