Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is delighted to announce the appointment of Alan McArdle to the position of Executive Head Chef. Responsible for overseeing the culinary offering throughout Ballynahinch which includes the elegant Owenmore Restaurant, the casual Fisherman’s Pub and Ranji Room, the beloved Ballynahinch breakfast and afternoon tea, Alan brings a wealth of five-star experience and considerable expertise in staff training and development to the role.
Originally from Rathfarnham, after graduating from the Institute of Technology in Tallaght in 2007 with an Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery, chef Alan McArdle worked in various roles in restaurants and hotels in Dublin, including as commis chef at the Conrad Hotel, as chef de partie at One Pico, a six-month placement at Michelin-starred L’Ecrivain, at The Dylan, Bijou, Harvey Nichols, and as head chef of the Merrion Inn.
Moving to Galway in 2012, Alan took up the role of Sous Chef, progressing to Head Chef of The G in the city, achieving two AA Rosettes each year he was there. For just over a year Alan was then Head Chef at Moy House, a luxury house hotel in county Clare, followed by two years as Head Chef at five-star Glenlo Abbey, with three restaurants, a bar and a busy afternoon tea service, achieving 2 AA Rosettes in 2016, a first for the hotel.
Alan spent two years until March 2019 as Executive Head Chef of Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa in Kerry, before his most recent post as Executive Head Chef in the five-star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa in Killarney’s national park.
As a keen member of Euro-toques, Alan has an interest in managing and developing younger staff, having mentored young chefs to participate in the Young Chef of the Year competitions, including guiding a young chef to the final in both 2017 and 2018.
In his spare time Alan enjoys spending time in the outdoors, foraging, golf, reading and trying new restaurants.
“Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is very pleased to welcome Alan McArdle as Executive Head Chef,” says Eoin Walsh, General Manager at Ballynahinch. “We’re delighted to have someone with Alan’s talent and experience in the kitchens, and we look forward to enjoying his exploration of the Connemara larder and introducing our guests to his skill with the produce of our own kitchen gardens here at Ballynahinch.”