Denis Cotter

Denis Cotter

Founder and executive chef of Cafe Paradiso and author

https://www.cafeparadiso.ie
Denis Cotter opened Cafe Paradiso in Cork, Ireland in 1993 and he remains the executive chef of that acclaimed restaurant. Also an author of four cookbooks, Denis is recognised as the creator of a unique and celebratory style of vegetable-based cuisine, and has won awards in both the restaurant and publishing worlds.

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Author Profile: Denis Cotter,  author of The Café Paradiso Cookbook

Author Profile: Denis Cotter, author of The Café Paradiso Cookbook

Chef and restaurateur Denis Cotter opened Café Paradiso in Cork, Ireland, in 1993. It’s been in business for 28 years – a huge achievement in such a fickle industry – and still wins plaudits for doing things differently. The restaurant is closed because of the pandemic, giving Denis time to talk to ckbk about Paradiso’s past, its present – and what the post-pandemic future may hold for restaurants.

Denis's favorite cookbooks

A Vegetable Cookbook

A Vegetable Cookbook

The first vegetable cookbook (as distinct from vegetarian) I bought, and therefore the first to teach me to focus on the vegetable.

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The New Vegetarian

The New Vegetarian

By Colin Spencer

I borrowed this from a library and photocopied almost every page. The first book I found that took vegetarian food away from wholefoods and into the pleasure zone.

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Available on ckbk now
Plenty

Plenty

By Yotam Ottolenghi

Makes it look so easy to make delicious and beautiful food, the ultimate purpose of any cookbook.

Relæ

Relæ

By Christian Puglisi

More than a cookbook (or less in fact) this is a fascinating attempt by a brilliant chef to explain himself.