Michael Ryan (chef)

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Michael Ryan
Born 1953
Cork, County Cork, Ireland
Residence Cork
Nationality Irish
Occupation Chef
Known for Michelin starred Arbutus Lodge

Michael Ryan (born 1953, Cork) is an Irish Michelin star winning head chef and hotel-owner in Cork, Ireland. In the period 1971-1999 he and his family were owners of the Michelin star winning Arbutus Lodge.

Following in the footsteps of his older brother Declan, Ryan did a part of his chef training abroad, working in France with Paul Bocuse in Lyon and the Troisgros family in Roanne.[1][2] Afterwards, he worked as chef and head chef in Arbutus Lodge, till its closure in 1999.

He opened Isaacs Restaurant with his wife Catherine Ryan and their business partner Canice Sharky (formerly of Ballymaloe) in 1992.[3]


Michael Ryan is the younger brother of Declan Ryan, former head chef and now artisan baker.


  • Michelin Star Arbutus Lodge: 1974-1983 & 1986-1987[4]