Meet our food champions...

Zack Gallagher

The Irish food experience is as much about the people and the craic, as the great food. We should embrace our image as ‘Ireland of the Welcomes.’ We are all ambassadors for our area, we need to make sure everyone knows the food story.

Zack Gallagher

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Zack Gallagher

Image of Zach GallagherChef, Connector, Social Networker | Donegal

Zack Gallagher – chef, blogger and social media phenomenon – is a sharer of other people’s stories. Filled with passion and conviction, Zack believes in the power of perseverance – like when he marched with a banner for 2 days outside his school because they refused to let him study Home Economics, a ‘girl’s subject’. He works tirelessly towards his goal of enhancing the image of Irish food.

Zack has food and hospitality in his blood. Growing up, his mother ran a B&B and he understood early on that the customer is king, “She would ask guests if they would like trout for breakfast. If they said yes, she’d go fishing.” His childhood in Donegal was surrounded by food; his mother and aunts baking and cooking, drying dilisk seaweed on bedsheets and making fish cakes. He started working in a local bakery aged 11.

Having trained as a chef and cooked everywhere from London to on board fishing boats, he started his Irish Food Guide blog in 2008, promoting all that is good in Irish food; producers, restaurants, events and festivals. From the start he saw it as a food tourism platform, a space to “share other people’s stories and connect everything”. His @IrishFoodGuide Twitter account is approaching 24,000 followers. He has become synonymous with Donegal and with Irish food.

Zack has an absolute belief in Ireland’s food tourism potential and has spent much time thinking about how we can best promote it. As a result, he has recently launched a new and ambitious project, Irish Food Tours, which will serve as an intermediary between food producer and tour operators building tailored food tourism itineraries. It will also provide support to producers which will enable them to take advantage of the valuable revenue stream that food tourism can provide.