Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire

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Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire is an Irish Lecturer and professional chef.

A native of Blackrock, County Dublin, Mac Con Iomaire was awarded Ireland's first PhD on food history, in October 2009. He attended Coláiste Eoin secondary school in Stillorgan finishing his Leaving Cert in 1986. He went on to UCD where he spent one academic year. In that time, Máirtín was a keen member of UCD Boxing club. In his college summers, he worked on Cape Cod in the famous Kennedy Compound.

Since 1999 he has been a lecturer in the culinary Arts in the Dublin Institute of Technology. He was the first Irish chef to earn a PhD for his Oral History of Dublin Restaurants 1900–2000 titled 'The Emergence, Development and Influence of French Haute Cuisine on Public Dining in Dublin Restaurants 1900–2000: An Oral History' (http://arrow.dit.ie/tourdoc/12/). Mac Con Iomaire trained at Dublin Institute of Technology, Cathal Brugha Street. From there, he began working in Dublin restaurants specialising in haute cuisine. Máirtín is well known as an award winning chef, culinary historian, food writer, broadcaster and ballad singer. He has presented two six-part series of cookery programmes 'Aingeal sa Chistin' for TG4, and has featured on numerous other food related radio and television programmes for RTÉ, TV3, Radio na Gaeltachta, and Canvas TV (Belgium). Máirtín is a regular contributor at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery (www.oxfordsymposium.org.uk) and in 2010 designed and produced the Gala Irish Banquet along with Pádraig Óg Gallagher, Pauline Danaher, and Dave Power for over two hundred of the world's leading chefs, food writers, culinary historians, academics, scientists, and general foodies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shQdwPSs0Zg ). Along with his two Ph.D. candidates, Dorothy Cashman and Tara Kellaghan, Máirtín is building a research cluster around Ireland’s culinary past and heritage. In 2012 he chaired the inaugural Dublin Gastronomy Symposium in the School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, DIT, Cathal Brugha Street, bringing together a hundred food lovers to discuss all things food. A total of 30 papers were delivered by Irish and International speakers. Further details of the Dublin Gastronomy Symposium available at www.arrow.dit.ie/dgs/ . Máirtín is also a keen sportsman and coach of juvenile camogie and ladies football teams at the Na Fianna GAA club in Glasnevin where his daughters play. (www.clgnafianna.ie).

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