Hot Dinners Celebrates Irish Hospitality Talent In London

Hot Dinners Celebrates Irish Hospitality Talent In London


London restaurant website Hot Dinners has announced its 2023 “Murphia” List, a celebration of the best of Irish talent on London’s food & drink scene.


The launch of the site’s ninth annual list, published in association with Bord Bia, was celebrated at an event this week at The Bloomsbury Hotel in London, part of The Doyle Collection. The party was attended by chefs, restauranturs and London’s food media, and showcased Irish produce including grass-fed Irish Hereford beef, Clonakilty black pudding and native oysters.

This year’s publication sees 57 names on the list, with nine new entries joining the ranks for the first time. Additions include a clutch of chefs working at London restaurants along with the head of a design agency and a hotel butler, who has appeared on two TV documentaries.

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Adam Nevin, who has just been promoted to head chef at The Grill at The Dorchester, is one of two new chefs on the list to have trained up at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork. He joins fellow alumnus Conor Gadd, the chef owner at Islington’s Trullo. Across town at Claridge’s, head butler Michael Lynch is another new name on the list.

It’s a busy time for many of the Murphia names. Chef Patrick Powell, best known for his work at Allegra in Stratford, is about to open the Midland Grand Dining Room at St Pancras this spring. Pub landlord Oisin Rogers is gearing up to open his own pub in central London, while The Wolseley general manager Fergal Lee will be heading over to the city to open up The Wolseley City later this year. Meanwhile, new entry Shayne Brady of design studio Brady Williams is preparing himself for a guest TV judge spot on the BBC’s Interior Design Masters show.


Hot Dinners co-founder Catherine Hanly said, “Every year we love hearing about the creative contributions being made by Irish people to London hospitality. Whether they’re opening new restaurants, running fabulous pubs or serving up amazing food the London foodne and drinks s wouldn’t be the same without them.”

“Bord Bia is thrilled to partner with Hot Dinners for this year’s acclaimed ‘Murphia’ List,” said Donal Denvir, Bord Bia’s UK general manager. “The event is a true celebration of the best of London’s Irish food and drink scene, shining a light on the wealth of talent and creativity Ireland brings to the city.”

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