It was all about kitchens, good food and racing at the weekend on the Curragh of Kildare. The weather came good on Sunday after the relentless rain of Friday evening. Aidan O’Brien also had a memorable day by having the winner of the Derby and training second and third. The only down side seemed to be the Kildare team just losing out in the last moments of the game to the Dubs.

Over the weekend lots of people called by the stand to wish us well. There were two main topics of discussion over the three days, the Irish Elm dresser and the colourful kitchen. The colour seemed to be the main focus with comments like, it’s loud, brave, beautiful, different, but for my part it did its job and got people talking about kitchens. In the end we stopped calling it red but renamed it “soft Kildare rose.” The dresser got its fair share of attention also but these comments were about the remarkable craftmanship and the beautiful wood. Incidentally the timber came from a farm in Athy, Co. Kildare.

Rory at work 

The main purpose of having the kitchen at the Curragh in the first place was to create an area where some of the top chefs from around the country could show their skills and engage with the racegoers. Unfortunately all the demonstrations for Friday night had to be cancelled due to the adverse weather however it was made up for on Saturday and Sunday. All the various demonstrators were members of Good Food Ireland and they all gave an insight into their methods of creating fabulous mouth watering meals.

We had the pleasure of meeting some of them. Rory O’Connell founded the Ballymaloe Cookery School with his sister, Darina Allen. Lynda Booth who runs the Dublin cookery school treated us to a nice chicken dish. Then there were the executive chefs from The Merrion, Kelly’s in Roslare and Gary from the The Shelbourne. This group are the chefs that put holidaying in Ireland on the world stage. They make it look so easy and taste so good.

Finally we just want to thank everyone who came along and we hope to see and work with you again in the near future. If you would like to keep in touch with us we have now set up a Facebook page where we will keep you up to date.