Kevin O’Toole & Shamzuri Hanifa: Insect Protein – The Next Sustainable, Ecological, Viable Food Source

Eaten for centuries in Asia and Africa, it’s now time for us, in Europe, to embrace this sustainable food source and Kevin and Sham are going to be advocating this through a talk & demo and, of course, tasters!

Chameleon Restaurant was opened 24 years ago by Carol Walsh, and it’s a bit of a Temple Bar institution, before that, she ran a dance studio, vegetarian café and even a late-night dance club in the same building (all very hush hush). Kevin and Carol are husband and wife and after stints in a few different kitchens in Dublin city, Kevin came on board 17 years ago. Originally, Kevin mostly cooked ]Indonesian cuisine, based on travels in Indonesia and time spent in Holland (the Dutch colonized Indonesia). After more travels and generally not wanting to be constrained to cooking just one style of cuisine, the menu evolved, always South-East Asian flavors, using the best Irish ingredients, always based on taste and food that never takes itself too seriously. Kevin has performed cookery demonstrations at Theater of Food on many occasions and the restaurant has gained many accolades over the years, including being in the McKennas Guides top 100 Restaurants in Ireland for 5 years running, as well as best South East Asian chef in Ireland at the recent Irish Curry Awards. His love of food, and cooking for people has only grown over his career as has his genuine curiosity about what people are eating, and why. So much so, that he is now midway through an MSc in Applied Culinary Nutrition.

Shamzuri (Sham) Hanifa, a native of Malaysia, moved to Ireland over 18 years ago seeking new opportunities and experiences. Steeped in a tradition and love of the freshest foods and inspired by his Grandmother’s flavorsome cooking, Sham started his culinary career at 12! He has worked his way up though every stage of the catering world, from kitchen porter to head chef. At the age of 20, his whirlwind Irish adventure began in leading restaurants in the West of Ireland. Little did he know then, that he would spent the next 18 years here, meet and marry an Irish girl, start a family, before settling in Jamestown in 2008 to open his own restaurant, the acclaimed The Cottage Restaurant.