Irish News’ New Social Series’ IN Person ‘Brings Businesses Out Again
Business Editor Gary McDonald
September 28, 2021 1:00 AM
OVER 60 guests enjoyed a unique celebration of the best of Northern Ireland food and drink during an intimate new Irish News Business ‘IN Person’ social series in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast.
The event is the first in a series of in-person rallies, aimed at bringing a small number of people out to safety in a social setting as Covid restrictions ease.
The inaugural meeting was sponsored by multi-award-winning Worldwide Financial Planning, whose Armagh-born chief executive Peter McGahan has been a regular contributor to Irish News’ business and personal finance pages for the past 20 years (his weekly column appears every Monday).
Three culinary geniuses have come together to cook a selection of sumptuous tasting dishes in the Dark Horse’s courtyard at the Commercial Court, courtesy of owner Willie Jack. They were:
Stéphane Delourme, based in Cornwall, who is the chef of the Rick Stein group.
He spent his childhood between Brittany and Paris and at a very young age developed a love for cooking inspired by his uncle’s travels around the world. He began an apprenticeship at 16 with Sully D’Auteuil, two Michelin stars, before moving to Old Berlin and then to England in 1989, where he worked at London’s Roof Restaurant at the Hilton on Park Lane. His career has taken him around the globe on the world’s most famous cruise liner, the QE2, as well as to Dublin where he worked with Patrick Guilbaud in his eponymous two Michelin star restaurant.
James Street Restaurant Group owner and chef Niall McKenna has been cooking since the age of 16 and over the course of his career has spent more than a decade learning from Michelin-starred chefs Nico Ladenis, Gary Rhodes and Marco Pierre White.
He worked at the prestigious Avenue restaurant in Mayfair and at the Notting Hill Brasserie before returning to Belfast to set up his own restaurant in 2003. Three years ago he bought the Grade B listed Waterman House building on Hill Street in Belfast as part of an investment of over £ 1million to redevelop the former James Street South Cooking School, and he recently opened his new Waterman House Cooking School.
Aghadowey-born chef and food writer Paula McIntyre has just completed a new three-part BBC cooking series called Hamely Kitchen, in which she deepened her Ulster Scottish heritage to serve mouth-watering recipes made from the finest ingredients. local.
She first trained in the culinary arts at the prestigious Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island in the United States before returning to the United Kingdom in 1993 to open her own restaurant in Manchester. Since 2000, she has appeared on countless TV and radio shows and worked as a chef demonstrator and live cooking theater host. Paula also teaches catering in the Professional Cooking program at Northern Regional College.
Irish News Editor-in-Chief Gary McDonald welcomed guests to the IN Person event and thanked the trio of chefs for the fantastic cuisine, while Peter McGahan presented Worldwide Financial Planning’s ambitious growth plans.
One of the UK’s leading independent financial advisory firms, WWFP has racked up numerous awards over the past few years, including Investment Advisor of the Year and Mortgage Advisor of the Year.
He also won 16 FT awards, with the editor of FT Advisors remarking, “It is the value of honesty, integrity and empathy that has given Worldwide Financial Planning the edge over other advisors. .