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Kevin Thornton: Lost Ingredients & Ancient Preserving Techniques

Kevin explains the ancient preserving techniques used for bog butter and demonstrates a dish to make from it.

Kevin Thornton is widely regarded as Ireland’s best chef and the great philosopher of Irish food. He was proprietor of Dublin’s iconic Thornton’s Restaurant for 26 years until closing it in December 2016 to pursue new adventures. KOOKS is one of Kevin & Muriel’s new ventures, an intimate cookery school in their home; day-long classes in foraging, ingredients and culinary skills are given to no more than six people. Kevin’s passion, understanding and drive to bring excellence to the plate has made him Ireland’s highest achieving chef as the first Irish chef ever to have received two Michelin stars.
Kevin’s restaurant was the only Irish restaurant to have ever been included in the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants (ranked number 25).

Kevin is also an experienced Lecturer in Culinary Arts having worked for many years with DIT, Cathal Brugha Street. Kevin is also an avid photographer and his book Food for Life – is, according to Food and Wine Magazine “unparalleled in its beauty by any other food publication in Ireland”. Kevin has developed an expression of his work and an extension of this book into a performance originally created for the Dublin Fringe Festival and which is also entitled – Food for Life. Kevin has also produced a book entitled Ethiopian Portraits to coincide with his charity work (since 2011) in Ethiopia. Kevin also released a spoken word vinyl album celebrating 25 years of Thornton’s Restaurant.

Kevin has been a food writer for many publications including The Sunday Business Post and The Gloss magazine. His TV work includes No Experience Required (RTÉ) Guerilla Gourmet (RTÉ) and two series of the very popular HEAT (RTÉ), Masterchef South Africa, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. His radio experience includes co-presenting Foodtalk – a six-part series on Newstalk 106. He is also a regular contributor to The Food Show on 4FM.