Finnebrogue appoints top chef

A Northern Ireland-based processor has invested in a new addition to the team, to help continue to boost its innovation.

Finnebrogue, based in Downpatrick, has appointed talented local chef Derek Creagh to work with its inhouse development team.

In a statement, the company said: “Finnebrogue strongly believes they should offer something different, while maintaining a connection with the real world and what the UK consumer really wants to see on the shelf. 

“It is this drive to be an innovation-led business, with its customers and, ultimately the consumers at the heart of its development agenda, that led the business to recruit an innovative, uncomplicated individual with a passion for straightforward food that tastes simply amazing. The hunt was over after meeting and working on an ad hoc basis initially with Derek Creagh.”

Donegal-born and -bred, Creagh trained as a chef in Edinburgh before moving to the London area where he worked with a number of influential chefs, including Heston Blumenthal.

He was tipped as The Independent’s ‘Chef to Watch’ in restaurant critic Terry Durack’s annual round-up of the London restaurant scene in 2003, and represented Northern Ireland in BBC2’s fifth series of the Great British Menu.

He said: “This is a great opportunity to work with the product development team of a highly innovative Irish company, which I have admired for years. While working in some of the country's leading restaurants over the last decade or so, I have developed a real passion for using and promoting quality local produce and I look forward to working with Finnebrogue on the creation of new exciting products and seeing those creations on-shelf.”

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