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Brid Torrades

Memorable meals aren’t always fancy; they can be the simplest things. Memories are the surprises, the things you don’t expect.


Brid Torrades

Contact details

Twitter: @bridtorrades
Website: www.osta.ie 
Email: ostacafe@gmail.com

Brid Torrades

Portrait of Brid TorradesUnderstated Activist, Educator, Encourager | Sligo

Chef Brid Torrades recognised the wealth of Irish food and culinary experience before most, and has been protecting and promoting it in her unassuming way for over 30 years. Through her involvement with Euro-Toques over a 23-year period, she has defended artisan food practices and natural food resources at a European level, as well as promoting and participating in food education initiatives.
 
Brid’s interest in food began at age three or four, “drooling over pictures in cookery books”. When she was 14 her parents set up Malahide's first coffee shop. She eventually took it over and trained as a chef. Along with her French husband Marc, she opened Glebe Country House in Sligo in 1990, and ran it for 15 years, during which time it was listed almost every year in the Bridgestone Guides (now McKenna’s Guides) 100 Best Places to Eat in Ireland and 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland as well as many other select guides.
 
Her great belief in the quality and freshness of Irish ingredients and determination to source them direct from farms, as locally as possible, influences everything she does. It remains the philosophy behind her current outlets, Osta Café & Wine Bar and Osta to Go, in Sligo town, which offer casual but high quality local fare at affordable prices.
 
Her drive to encourage new producers, create a local food scene and make good food accessible to all, led her to spearhead the founding of the So Sligo Food Festival, which prepared the groundwork for Sligo Food Trail. Her passion and enthusiasm for Irish food grows unabated, encouraged by the fact that small scale food production is now viable as customers become more aware of quality and food miles.
 
Brid’s latest ambitious projects include the launch of Seashore Veg seaweed products with her husband Marc and son Tommy. She has recently completed an MSc in Applied Culinary Nutrition. As a mother of five, she champions the importance of food, nutritionally and socially, in family life, and will continue to work in this area.