Ernie Whalley, restaurant reviewer for the Irish edition of The Sunday Times, grew up in a catering environment, working in the kitchens of restaurants owned by various aunts in restaurant kitchens from the age of 12. Writing on food, drink, travel and other topics for newspapers and magazines in the UK before settling in Ireland in 1987, he became one of Ireland’s earliest wine writers with regular columns in two magazines.
Ernie has written for many publications in Ireland and abroad including The Sunday Independent;The Evening Herald; Cara; Connections; Hospitality Ireland, Drinks Industry Ireland and The Australian Way and has contributed to TV and radio food and drink programmes in Ireland, Australia and the USA. He has judged wine competitions in France, Italy, Portugal, Hungary and Australia; has twice been a juror on the Cordon Bleu World Food and Drink Media Awards and a judge on the Irish heat of the Bocuse d’Or, a pan-European competition for young chefs.
In 1995 he set up his own Dublin 2 cafe/restaurant, Cafe Sax, where he cooked for 3 years before selling the establishment as a going concern.
Since 1998, under the imprimatur of ‘One Man & His Pots’, he has given cookery tuition and wine appreciation classes from his home in Sandymount..
In 1999 Ernie joined Food & Wine Magazine, where he stayed for 7 years, spending 3 years as Deputy Editor, followed by three as Editor.
In 2002 he set up www.forkncork.com, Ireland’s first website wholly devoted to food and drink.
In 2006, he left to freelance, becoming Consulting Editor to Intermezzo, an American-owned food, wine and travel magazine, also undertaking food and drink consultancy projects for a number of organisations, including Brown Thomas.
He was, for three years, wine columnist for the Sunday Independent and spent four as restaurant critic and wine writer for The Evening Herald.
In 2012, he was commissioned by The Sunday Times (IRL) to source writers for the food and drink section of ‘Sunday’, a new in-paper magazine majoring on Irish content.
In 2016 he contributed the introduction and a chapter on food and wine matching to Michael O’Meara’s ‘Sea’, a book which subsequently won an award as ‘ World Seafood Cookbook of The Year’.
All Food Sessions
Venue:The Model09:00 AM - 09:20 AM
Coffee10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Lunch – Best of Sligo Produce
Food Symposium Delegates Menu – Click Here to download12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
Coffee Break03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Closing Address & Q&A
Moderator: Aoife Carrigy04:30 PM
Venue:The Model09:00 AM - 09:15 AM
Coffee Break – day 211:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lovely Sligo Lunch
Food Symposium Delegates Menu – Click Here to download01:00 PM - 01:45 PM