One of Ireland’s most talented and innovative chefs, Neven has been named ‘Best Chef in Ireland’ at numerous awards. His MacNean House & Restaurant has also been presented with many awards for best dining experience, food and hospitality and most recently ‘Best Wine Experience’ at the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards 2015/16. Neven has also won Best Food and Drink Blog in Ireland at most recent Blog Awards Ireland.
Having trained and then tutored in professional cooking, Neven went on to work at some the world’s top restaurants including Arzac, San Sebastian, Spain (3 Michelin Stars) and Restaurant Léa Linster, Luxembourg (2 Michelin Stars) before taking over as Owner/Head Chef of MacNean House & Restaurant in 2001.
He is credited with raising awareness of Ireland’s high quality producers internationally and was presented with Ireland’s ‘Producer Champion Award’ at the Blas na hEireann national food awards.
Fulfilling a long-held dream, Neven officially opened his ‘Neven Maguire Cookery School’ alongside his restaurant late 2013. The state-of-the-art cookery school features a range of exciting cookery classes for all skill levels, the popular Parent and Child courses and tours of Neven’s extensive vegetable and herb collection. Perfect for home cooks to aspiring chefs, all classes are presented by Neven and class sizes are kept small for a ‘hands-on’ experience.
In addition to the school, Neven has also launched his exclusive ‘Chef’s Table with Neven’ dining experience where Neven and his team cook in front of diners and present the restaurant’s acclaimed Tasting Menu. Accompanying wines are also presented and served by the restaurant’s sommelier.