Dear members of the Panel of Chefs of Ireland, Worldchefs and colleagues - It is with great sadness that we convey the news that our dear friend and colleague Paddy passed away peacefully on Tuesday 2nd May, surrounded by his loving family.
Paddy was a lifelong member of the Panel of Chefs and played a pivotal role in the development and growth of the organisation. He held many senior positions including Branch Secretary, National Secretary, National President and more recently Vice President and Board member. Paddy devoted so much of his time and commitment to many projects, including the Chef Ireland Culinary Competitions, working with sponsors and other organisations to promote the work and profile of chefs throughout Ireland.
He loved encouraging and supporting competitors who participated in the various competitions that were held across the country and beyond. Paddy was a great supporter of Worldchefs in their role of promoting and enhancing the profile of chefs across the globe, and he made many friends when attending congresses and meetings.
Paddy trained and worked in some of Irelands top hotels, including the Shelbourne and Berkley Court, also working and teaching abroad in Switzerland, before returning home to Ireland and taking up the position of Executive Chef at the Westbury Hotel, where he spent more than 20 years. He was there to witness the Hotel being recognised as one of the best hotels in the world, an achievement that made him and his team so proud. He hosted many top chefs from abroad
when they participated in their annual International Culinary weeks showcasing some of the
world’s finest cuisines.
Paddy was instrumental in creating an in-house trainee programme for his apprentice chefs, many
of whom have gone on to establish their own distinguished careers in both hospitality and
education. Paddy was highly respected both as an individual and in his professionalism by all who
knew him and who were fortunate to have worked with him, He would often remark at how proud
he was to see and hear of their successes.
While Paddy will be remembered for his lifelong commitment and dedication to our craft, he will
also be remembered as a true Gentleman, Chef and friend. On behalf of the Board of Directors
and members, we extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Helen and family, and his wide circle
On a personal note, Paddy was a lifelong true and loyal friend, and I will treasure all the memories
of him and of our times together. Our thoughts are especially with all those who loved him, and
we wish them strength at this difficult time in dealing with his enormous loss.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam,
Panel Of Chefs