Ernie Whalley

Ernie Whalley

Ernie Whalley

Food Writer

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

Registration

Venue:The Model

09:00 AM - 09:20 AM

Opening Address

Moderator: Aoife Carrigy

Venue:The Model

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9:20 AM - 9:30 AM

The Future of Irish Food – A View from out Foreign

With Mickael Viljanen  (Greenhouse) Phillippe Farineau (Ashford) Stefan Matz

Venue: The Model

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9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Coffee

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Growing Up with Food

With Clare Smyth

Venue: The Model

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10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

The Business of Producing Greatness

Venue: The Model

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11:30 AM - 12.00 PM

Northern Exposure – The sense of place in cooking

Stephen Toman, Clare Smyth, Danni Barry, Noel McMeel

Venue: The Model

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Lunch – Best of Sligo Produce

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12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Modern Tradition – Back to the Future

By Ciaran Sweeney – Forest & Marcy

Venue: The Model

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1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The Production of Greatness

With Mags Kirwan

Venue: The Model

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2:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Coffee Break

03:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Business and Pleasure

by Elaine & Wade Murphy – Adare 1826

Venue: The Model

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03:30 PM - 04:00 PM

To Forage & Ferment

by Hans & Gaby Weiland – Organic Centre/Neantog

Venue: The Model

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04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Closing Address & Q&A

Moderator: Aoife Carrigy

04:30 PM

Registration

Venue:The Model

09:00 AM - 09:15 AM

Opening Address

Moderator: Aoife Carrigy

Venue:The Model

09:15 AM - 09:30 AM

Irish Seaweed Kitchen

by Prannie Rhattigan – Irish Seaweed Kitchen

Venue: The Model

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09:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Slow Food Panel

by Dee Laffan, Aishling Stone & TBC

Venue:The Model

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10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Coffee Break – day 2

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Commercial Tradition

by Padraig Og Gallagher – Boxty House 

Venue: The Model

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11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Everyone’s a Critic – Evolution of the Irish Experience (Interactive)

by  Dee LaffanErnie Whalley

Venue: The Model

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12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Lovely Sligo Lunch

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01:00 PM - 01:45 PM

What The Irish Ate Before Spuds

by Máirtín Mac Coniomaire

Venue: The Model

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01:45 PM - 02:15 PM

Vegetables (or plant food) in the future of Irish food

By Dennis Cotter – Café Paradiso

Venue: The Model

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02:15 PM - 02:45 PM

Coffee

02:45 PM - 03:15 PM

Lessons from Italy

by Catherine Fulvio

Venue: The Model

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03:15 PM - 04:00 PM

The Importance Of Food In Hospitality Success – A Retrospective

by Deirdre McGlone – Harvey’s Point

Venue: The Model

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04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Closing Address

04:15 PM - 05:00 PM
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