Neven Maguire (MacNean House)

Neven Maguire

Award-winning chef, Neven Maguire, is Head Chef/Owner of MacNean House & Restaurant in Blacklion, Co. Cavan. Neven began cooking at 12 years of age in the kitchen of the restaurant which was then run by his parents. Neven took over MacNean House & Restaurant in 2001 and it is now one of Ireland’s top restaurants, consistently winning awards for both its cuisine and service.

One of Ireland’s most talented and innovative chefs, Neven and was named ‘Best Chef’ 2014 at the Irish Restaurant Awards and MacNean House & Restaurant awarded ‘Best Dining Experience’ at the Hospitality Ireland Awards 2014. Having trained and then tutored in professional cooking, Neven went on to work at some the world’s top restaurants including Arzac, San Sebastian, Spain (3 Michelin Stars) and Restaurant Léa Linster, Luxembourg (2Michelin Stars). He is credited with raising awareness of Ireland’s high quality producers internationally and has just been presented with Ireland’s ‘Producer Champion Award’ at the recent Blas na hEireann national food awards.

Fulfilling a long-held dream, Neven officially opened his ‘Neven Maguire Cookery School’ alongside his restaurant earlier this year. The state-of-the-art cookery school features a range of exciting cookery classes for all skill levels, the increasingly popular Parent and Child courses and tours of Neven’s extensive vegetable and herb collection. Perfect for home cooks to aspiring chefs, all classes are presented by Neven and Class sizes are kept small for a ‘hands-on’ experience. In addition to the school, Neven has also launched his exclusive ‘Chef’s Table with Neven’ dining experience where Neven and his team cook in front of diners and present the restaurant’s acclaimed Tasting Menu. Accompanying wines are also presented and served by the restaurant’s sommelier. His latest recipe book – ‘The Nation’s Favourite Food FAST!’ –is already an Irish best-seller and won the Avonmore Cook book of the Year at the recent Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Neven’s latest ‘Home Chef’ TV series will be broadcast on RTÉ 1 in January. His TV series are also being broadcast in the US (on PBS) and the UK (UKTV Food). MacNean House & Restaurant and the Neven Maguire Cookery School, Blacklion, County

Cavan / 071 985 3022

Neven Maguire Awards

  • Hospitality Ireland Awards 2014 – MacNean House & Restaurant awarded ‘Best Dining Experience’
  • Irish Restaurant Awards ‘Best Ulster Restaurant’ 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, Irish
  • Restaurant Awards ‘Best Ulster Chef’ 2013, 2012, 2010, Irish Restaurant Awards ‘Best Ulster
  • Customer Service’ 2010, Irish Restaurant Awards ‘Best Restaurant’ 2009, Irish Restaurant
  • Awards ‘Best Chef’ 2014, 2009 & Irish Restaurant Awards ‘Best Celebrity Chef’ 2010, 2009
  • Food & Wine’s ‘Ulster Best Restaurant’ Award 2012, 2009, 2008, 2004, 2003, 2002, Food & Wine’s ‘Ulster Best Chef’ Award 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004 & Food & Wine’s
  • ‘Restaurant of the Year’ Award 2008
  • MacNean House and Restaurant, Top 10 Restaurants in Europe Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s
  • Choice Awards: Ireland’s only venue to be included
  • Knighthood, Commanderie des fins Goustiers du Duche d’Alencon 2012
  • Georgina Campbell Award for Outstanding contribution to the Hospitality Industry 2012
  • Shortlisted for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2010
  • Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Award for Fine Dining (2008)
  • Georgina Campbell’s Restaurant of the Year Award 2007
  • Special Award for Culinary Achievements and Tourism Promotion from Cavan County Council 2007
  • Georgina Campbell’s Natural Food Award 2006
  • Jameson Chef of the Year 2004
  • Represented Ireland in the Bocuse d’Or World Cuisine Competition in Lyon, France 2001
  • Gold Medal Award Winner 2001 (Presented by Prince Charles in the House of Commons for high achievement in his career, while still in his 20’s)
  • Bushmills Chef of the Year 1999 and 2000
  • Eurotoque Young Chef of the Year 1999

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