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Danny Craughwell, winner of Best Chef Munster at the Hotel Awards, is Hotel Doolin’s Head Chef. Danny is a native of Galway but one who thankfully saw sense and married a Clare lady which means he is somewhat accepted this side of Galway Bay. Danny started his kitchen career in his teens in busy kitchens and soon he was addicted to the buzz of the kitchen environment. Working his way up through the ranks he settled for many years in Bunratty Co. Clare where he worked in the Fitzpatrick’s Shannon Shamrock and the fine dining restaurant Mc Cluskey’s.
From Bunratty Danny moved to Spain to open up his own restaurant and bar, which he ran successfully for ten years until his grá for wet and windy Ireland called him back. Returning to an Ireland in the throes of economic woe he opened a Creole restaurant in his native Galway until the lure of hotel kitchens saw him take the position of Executive Sous Chef in the Galway Bay Hotel. Danny is a seafood specialist, regularily teaching Seafood Cookery Courses for Galway Bay Seafoods and whilst in Galway he also completed his BA in Culinary Arts. Danny is a keen fisherman, pig-farmer, a connoisseur of all things foraged and a BBQ fanatic.
His style of cooking reflects his hobbies in that he loves to make the best of all that the local area has to offer and his menus are representative of the raft of independent, artisan suppliers that abound in North Clare, incorporating wherever he can wild, foraged and sustainable ingredients