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    Anthony O'Toole

    Anthony O'Toole

    Linking, collaborating, educating | Ferns, Wexford

    Anthony O’Toole is the eldest of five children from Ferns in county Wexford. From a young age he was to be found helping his mother and grandmother in the kitchen with cooking and baking; his mother was a great baker and made occasion cakes. His granny, to whom he was ‘like an adopted son’, grew tired of his experimentation in the kitchen and pushed him towards a kitchen job. He embarked on his cookery career in earnest at the tender age of thirteen, learning quickly and eager to take on the responsibilities of running a kitchen.

    Anthony went on to study a degree in Culinary Arts and then a Masters in Culinary Innovation and New Product Development in 2012 at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). He has also completed an Advanced WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) certificate in Wine and Spirits. After his degree, Anthony spent four and a half years as Food Business Developer with catering company KSG, creating and managing a variety of culinary projects and business development strategies. Since then Anthony has worked as freelance chef and consultant, as well as a cookery tutor, caterer and event organiser.

    A familiar face in Ireland’s food community and a ‘fervent food advocate’, Anthony has played an active role in the Theatre of Food team at Electric Picnic and as Chairperson and Kitchen Director of Skillet - a social programme setup by the Irish food community to give training and support to those at risk of long-term unemployment or encountering barriers to gaining employment. Anthony is a keen cookbook and menu collector, with over 400 food books and hundreds of menus in his library so far. Soon Anthony will have his own food book to add to the collection. 

    ‘Education’ and ‘collaboration’ are the tool by which Anthony believes we can grow our food culture to the next level and attract the international recognition our little green island deserves, and these are two things that he is deeply committed to, along with working to link everyone and everything to create a strong local food community.