Spice Bags S3: (West) Corking Good Food & Chats: A St. Patrick’s Minisode from Celtic Ross Hotel: Part 1
We were honoured to be invited to the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery to record as part of their celebration of their 25th birthday! Like many ventures in West Cork, the hotel is a family-owned business. Operated by the Wycherley family for over two decades, its welcome is cozy and warm and with ease, you’re made to feel at home.
West Cork is widely recognised in Ireland as the cradle of modern Irish artisan food. However, it is also one of the most international spots in Ireland, having attracted people from abroad since the 1950s which has informed its culinary culture.
For part 1 of our St. Patrick’s Special, we were delighted to talk to Scotsman Neil Grant, general manager of the Celtic Ross, about his childhood in Dundee and what brought him here. Plus Chef Laurentiu Samoila (known as Chef Lawrence) regales us of early days in Romania, and his time spent in France, Italy, and the UK before he, like so many others before him, succumbed to the West Cork allure.
Expect chat about pig nose-to-tail, Abernathy smokies, and gorgeous local sardines.
For more about the Celtic Ross Hotel -https://www.celticrosshotel.com/