Meet our food champions...

Mark Murphy

We can convert people to food tourists. Food tourism seems niche, but if everywhere you go passionate people are telling the story of the food they are serving, you can become a food tourist. You can’t go anywhere without having a food experience.

Mark Murphy

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Mark Murphy

Portrait of Mark MurphyA chef with unquenchable energy and enthusiasm | Dingle, Kerry

“You will always find me in the kitchen at parties” reads Mark Murphy’s twitter profile. The picture shows him holding a box of fresh prawns, with a smiling face – friendly, open, enthusiastic and excited. Mark lives and breathes good, local food, his energy is potent, he gets stuck in.

Mark studied Sport and Leisure Management but became fascinated with cooking while travelling. He loved to eat and thought it would be useful to know “how to cook ten or twelve dishes”. He learned, and soon he was shopping in local markets and cooking 3 course meals in hostel kitchens for fellow backpackers. He decided to train as a chef.

Originally from Carlow, Mark came to Dingle for a day trip about 12 years ago and never left. Since then, he has become synonymous with food on the Dingle Peninsula. Having worked in good local restaurants and hotels, Mark found he had a passion for teaching and joined IT Tralee as a lecturer in Culinary Arts.

His presence however is very much felt on the ground. He was instrumental in the setting up of the Dingle Farmers Market and the Dingle Food Trail and has been deeply involved in the development of the hugely successful Dingle Food Festival – where he is currently joint chairperson.

In 2014, Mark opened the Dingle Cookery School, which he sees as a hub for food tourism on the Wild Atlantic Way. The school promotes local produce and offers food experiences, with courses like ‘Catch & Cook’ where participants venture out on a boat to catch fish before returning to prepare, cook and eat their haul. The school also hosts accredited professional courses.