A native of Mayo, Aidan McGrath is a graduate of Killybegs Hotel and Catering College in Co. Donegal. He began his career in The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, and then held a number of senior chef positions in some of the leading hotels in the UK, The Dorchester, The Four Seasons, to name but two, and also in France and Switzerland. Before returning to Ireland he was Head Chef at l’Escargot a Marco Pierre White restaurant and a London landmark in food.
Aidan returned to Ireland in 1992 as Head Chef of The Limerick Inn Hotel and worked in several Head Chef positions in major hotels including Adare Manor before opening his own restaurant, Muses, in Bunratty, Co Clare, in 1999. He ran the restaurant for five years and during that time it was recommended in the prestigious Georgina Campbell, Bridgestone and Michelin food guides.
Aidan then moved to Co Kerry as Executive Head Chef at the five-star Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare, a Relais and Chateaux property, where he won three AA rosettes for food just one year after taking the position. But Co. Clare beckoned once again and he was offered the Position of Executive Chef of the Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club where he was responsible for the total dining experience.
Now Aidan owns and runs with his family, Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, which they spent five months renovating in 2009. Aidan is now doing what he has always wanted to do and describes his cooking today as “modern bistro style”.
It was a great pleasure to receive the Bib Gourmand from Michelin in 2010 and again in 2011. See the article in the Clare Champion. And he has a new Chef of the Year Award - click the logo below.