Meet our food champions...

JP McMahon

In order to champion Irish food, I believe we need to be educators and networkers; bring international influence and ideas, and work together at local level to make things happen.


JP McMahon

Contact details

Twitter: @mistereatgalway

Facebook: Eat Galway

Website: www.eatgalway.ie

Email: jp@eatgalway.ie

JP McMahon

Portrait of JP McMahonUnrelenting Irish food visionary | Galway

Alessandro Porcelli of the global Cook It Raw project described chef JP McMahon as “the perfect ambassador for modern Irish food”. Perhaps because JP encapsulates in his person so much of what the Irish food experience is – honesty, openess and accessiblity – and combines this with immense pride and confidence in our food.

JP believes in bringing good food to everyone, at every level. This is reflected in the three Galway restaurants he runs with his wife Drigin; tapas themed Cava Bodega, gastropub Eat, and terroir–based Michelin-starred restaurant Aniar. All three showcase and support a network of farmers and food producers across the West of Ireland to whom JP is fiercely loyal.

Considering JP’s place in the Irish food scene today, and his long list of activities: Commissioner of Euro- Toques Ireland, Founder and Director of the Galway Food Festival, food columnist at the Irish Times and food contributor to Newstalk radio, it's difficult to believe that he only opened his first restaurant in 2008.

JP thinks of himself as lazy, but when it comes to promoting food education & culture, including regular school workshops in his restaurants, and championing Irish food and cooking, he is tireless.

As well as that, JP has a degree in Art History and English under his belt, is currently inishing a PhD in Art History and lectures on the topic in UCC. JP is also organising a first of its kind international chef symposium in Galway. The first Food on the Edge event will take place in October 2015 and feature 40 acclaimed chefs from Ireland and across the globe.