Member of the Month July 2016: Neil Ferguson

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Editor 1st August 2016

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Here at The Staff Canteen we felt it would be a great idea to show our appreciation to our loyal users, so to honour this we will be featuring a different member every month who we think deserves to be celebrated. This month’s winner is Neil Ferguson, a member who regularly contributes to our site via the app Chef+. He will also recieve a goodie bag from our app sponsors, Essential Cuisine, and The Staff Canteen mug.

We spoke to Neil  to find out more about him...

Current place of work, position and a brief overview of where you have worked before.

I'm a pastry chef at 5 Star Castlemartyr Resort, Co. Cork. I began my career in hotels and restaurants across Birmingham city and have over 15 years’ experience working in kitchens throughout the UK, Australia and Ireland.

Growing up in a culinary family – both my parents were chefs at the NEC Birmingham – I developed a passion for food and on my return to Ireland I enrolled in IT Tralee where I graduated with a Diploma in Culinary Arts in 2010.

During my studies I began working at the Killarney Park Hotel where I started as Chef de Partie and returned as Sous Chef following a year out, during which I worked in kitchens throughout Australia. While at the Killarney Park Hotel, I worked under the tutelage of Odran Lucy, whose classical training in Michelin star restaurants helped to hone my skills as a chef and kitchen manager.

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Looking to start a new chapter in my career I, along with my wife and daughter, made the move to Castlemartyr to take up my current position.

What is your cooking style and what can people expect from the food on your menu?

Classic influenced desserts with a modern twist.  I like to work on flavour profiles while using modern techniques.

What do you like about The Staff Canteen app and website?

They’re great, the app and website help showcase individual chefs who otherwise wouldn’t receive media attention. It’s also an excellent platform to interact with other chefs and suppliers within the hospitality industry.

What is your favourite dish to cook?

I don’t really have a favourite dish to cook as I am always looking for new and interesting dishes, always looking forward.

Guilty pleasure: list food item / dish / ingredient that aren’t considered ‘cheffy’ but you love to eat

I have a weakness for a good burger.  I’m always cooking comfort food at home for my wife and daughter.

What are your plans for the future?

I am looking to expand the scope of the pastry section within the resort, building on the menu we already have and perhaps to open my own place one day..

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The  Staff Canteen

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Editor 1st August 2016

Member of the Month July 2016: Neil Ferguson