Bryan McCarthy & Kwanghi Chan – From Producer to Plate
Bryan McCarthy, head chef in Greene’s Restaurant Cork & Kwanghi Chan, owner of Chan Chan Sauces, discuss the importance of ingredients to the composition of dishes, while demonstrating some of their favorites too.
Kwanghi Chan was born in Hong Kong and raised in Buncrana Co.Donegal and from the age of 8, he was helping out in the family restaurant kitchen, at the age of 13 he was cooking on a 3 woks stove in the restaurant and Determent wanted to learn more, He went on and trained at Killybegs Catering College ,Co. Donegal and also gained a Bachelors Degree in International Culinary Arts from TVU London later on in his career.
Kwanghi has extensive experience in the hotel and restaurant industries working in some of the best restaurants In Ireland gaining experience with the best chefs in the country, Over the years he has also represented Ireland in International Culinary Competitions with the Irish Culinary Team from the age of 20 and during his quest after numerous Awards including the World championships in Holland, the World Cup in Luxembourg organised by WACS ( World Association of Chefs Society )o he was awarded a Silver Medal in the Culinary Olympics in Germany 2008. And has also Captained the Irish Culinary Team in doing so. Recently was Head Chef at the 5* Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore Co.Waterford since late 2011- working at the 1* Michelin “House Restaurant” gaining 4 AA Rosettes in 2014.In 2014 he was awarded Winner of Le Grand Prix de Cuisine de L’Academie Paris by 25 MOF Chefs representing Ireland in Paris at this international competition. After spending over 3 years as Head Chef at the Michelin starred Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore. In 2015 he stormed onto the scene in Dublin with Soder+Ko, a hip collaboration between a Scandi bar and Kwanghi’s fine fusion cooking.
In 2016 he moved on to his latest venture, ChanChan, making products (including a particularly fine miso based hot sauce) and the famous Spice Bag Seasoning that went viral across the country ,selling in supermarkets and selected artisan food stores across the country. Kwanghi also works as a hospitality development chef for baxterstorey Ireland in their private client dining service across Ireland.