Chef Danni Barry is one of an elite group of female Michelin starred chefs in the UK, and only the second female chef ever in Ireland to gain a star, an accolade she won while still in her twenties.
Danni was persuaded by Michael Deane to return from England to her native Northern Ireland to take up the reins as Head Chef for the launch of Deanes EIPIC. Within eighteen months the restaurant had been awarded the coveted Michelin Star as well as 3 AA Rosettes and Restaurant Association of Ireland named Deanes EIPIC as ‘Best Newcomer’ in Ireland in 2015.
Most recently FOOD&WINE Magazine named Chef Danni Barry of Deanes EIPIC ‘Chef of the Year’ in Ireland in 2016 and Deanes EIPIC was hailed the Best Restaurant in Ulster and Head Chef Danni Barry was voted Best Chef in Ulster.
Her cooking career began in 2003 in the then Michelin starred Deanes Restaurant in Howard Street with chef Michael Deane. Four years later Danni went on her travels to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and mainland Europe, garnering knowledge from the high end restaurants in which she worked along the way.
Since she rejoined the team at Deanes, Danni has consistently driven the highest standards in her kitchen and leads her team by example, with dedication to excellence in her cooking and success for the business. From the outset in Deanes EIPIC Danni has trained her staff to stretch to the excellent standards which she herself holds and she continually offers opportunities to young chefs from around the globe to come to Belfast to work alongside her.
She herself demonstrates her burning passion for food and the industry by regularly contributing to culinary events in Ireland and beyond. Not surprisingly her hobby is dining out which not only satisfies her love of good food but inspires her to continually develop her own style.
Danni is motivated by her passion for only the freshest and most seasonal produce being cooked to perfection. Her style is progressive, honest, flavoursome, light, visual, balanced and modern. Deanes EIPIC has a well established reputation thanks to her contribution.