Wade Murphy of The Lodge at Doonbeg, Co. Clare
Commissioner-General of Euro-toques Ireland
At our AGM in Brooklodge Hotel, Co. Wicklow earlier this week, chef’s group Euro-toques Ireland, elected Wade Murphy, Executive Chef of The Lodge at Doonbeg, Co. Clare as our new Commissioner-General (President).
The Commissioner-General is the elected representative, spokesperson and leader of the180 strong chef member organisation. Euro-Toques – the European Community of Chefs & Cooks, was established in Brussels in 1986 and seeks to promote small food producers and local sourcing, while protecting culinary heritage and food quality, and providing a network for chefs.
Wade Murphy – Profile
• Wade Murphy has been has been a member of Eurotoques since returning to work in Ireland from abroad in 2007. He has been a member of the Euro-Toques Board of Commissioners for 4 years.
• Having graduated from Cathal Brugha St., he moved to London, spending seven years working in a series of hotels and restaurants around London taking in establishments that range from 2AA Rosette to 2-star Michelin standards. In 2001 he returned home to join the team at the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin. During his time there he also helped out with the opening of other Four Seasons Hotels in Egypt and London, moving on to the Four Seasons in Chicago in 2005.
• In 2007 he returned to Ireland to take up the position of Executive Chef at Lisloughrey Lodge in Cong, Co. Mayo, moving to The Lodge at Doonbeg, Co, Clare in 2010
• Originally from Gorey, Co. Wexford, Wade lives in Ennis with his wife Elaine.
During his 2 year tenure Murphy intends to work on strengthening links between Euro-Toques chefs and their local producers, and encouraging chefs to work together in their local area. He is strongly committed to Euro-Toques’ educational activities and believes that the passing of skills and knowledge to the next generation is central to Euro-Toques objectives.
Since 2007 Euro-Toques has run a Chef Development Programme in conjunction with partners La Rousse Foods, in which Murphy has been actively involved. In 2012 Euro-Toques Ireland signed a formal agreement with 9 Institutes of Technology around Ireland, which allows the organisation to influence and contribute to the formal education of chefs. Continuing Euro-Toques’ involvement with the education sector will be a priority over the next 2 years.
“My aim first and foremost is to represent the members, to maintain the standards of Euro-Toques and to continue building its reputation”.
Wade Murphy told members gathered in Brooklodge Hotel on Monday,
“I believe we can do this by going back to the roots of what we are about, being a community for chefs and having direct links with our food producers”.
“I hugely value our education activities and believe we have made great strides in this area. Ireland has immense culinary potential. Euro-Toques chefs are a major part of this story. We can nurture and grow this by working together within our organisation and beyond; with the wider industry, state bodies and the education sector. I am very excited to be part of this and look forward to the challenges ahead”.
Wade Murphy’s 2 year term as President of Euro-Toques will last from February 2013 to February 2015. He takes over from Gearoid Lynch, Chef/Proprietor of the Olde Post Inn in Co. Cavan who has headed up the organisation since February 2011 and who was acknowledged by members as having shown great dedication and significantly contributed to the development of the organisation during his term.
Euro-Toques Ireland has a full-time executive, headed by Ruth Hegarty, who has been with Euro-toques Ireland since 2004.