Dan Mullane

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Dan Mullane
Born Daniel Mullane
County Limerick
Nationality Irish
Education Blackrock College, Dublin
Catering school
Occupation Chef
Employer Self-employed
Known for Guerrilla Gourmet, The Mustard Seed

Daniel "Dan" Mullane is an Irish celebrity chef, television personality and proprietor of the restaurant, The Mustard Seed in Ballingarry, County Limerick. Himself and his cookery have featured on the RTÉ One television series Guerrilla Gourmet. He has received numerous awards, including Black & White Awards, but maintains possession of a total of zero Michelin stars. His cookery has received positive reviews in publications such as the Irish Independent.

Style[edit]

Mullane emphasisies "hospitality, generosity and the personal touch".[1] He grows his ingredients in his own vegetable garden.[1] His growings include lemongrass and chillis.[2]

Early life[edit]

Mullane is from County Limerick.[1] He attended Blackrock College in Dublin and then catering college after school.[1]

Career[edit]

Mullane's restaurant, The Mustard Seed,[1] is located in the Echo Lodge, a Victorian building in Ballingarry, near Adare in County Limerick.[3] It maintains a set price of four courses costing a total of 63.[3] Mullane has said he will never open another restaurant.[1]

In February 2008, Mullane featured in the fifth episode of Guerrilla Gourmet, a television series which had six professional chefs attempt to set up their own temporary restaurant in an unusual location.[1][4] Having boarded in Blackrock College in Dublin, Mullane returned there with his temporary restaurant.[1]

The Mustard Seed has received positive reviews from critics such as The Restaurant's Tom Doorley,[3] Georgina Campbell[2][3] and a mixed review by Pol O Conghaile of the Irish Independent.[3] O Conghaile visited the restaurant before submitting his report for it to be published on 14 February 2009.[3] O Conghaile was on a tour of the region surrounding south-west County Offaly, North Tipperary, County Clare and Limerick itself, overlooking known tourist destinations such as the Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle in his attempts to locate what he termed "Shannon's hidden gems".[3] He described his experience at the restaurant as mainly positive; he described the dining area as "moody" and the service as "chirpy".[3] O Conghaile's problems were with the food; although Kenmare cold-smoked salmon starter was "delicious" and the best of its type that he had ever dined upon, his main course of duck was "fatty enough to require a knife change" and the bacon breakfast he had the following day was "rock-hard".[3]

Awards[edit]

Mullane has received Black & White Awards but has no Michelin stars to his name.[3] He received the Best Use of Fresh Ingredients Award from Bord Bia in January 2009.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Programme 5". RTÉ. Accessed 25 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Spicy Tomato Soup with Lemongrass". Irish Independent. 2009-01-24. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "A day in the life: Shannon Region". Irish Independent. 2009-02-14. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Guerrilla Gourmet hits the ring". The Munster Express. 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2009-04-25.