JP McMahon: A "Food Hero"

JP McMahon is a Galway, Ireland-based chef, restaurateur, author, food educator and food thought leader. He is Culinary Director of the award-winning EATGalway Restaurant Group, which comprises Aniar Restaurant, Cava Bodega and Tartare Café + Wine Bar. Aniar Restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star every year since 2013, and Tartare Café + Wine Bar received a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Award for 2019 and 2020. JP also runs Aniar Boutique Cookery School.

JP is the Symposium Director for Food On The Edge, the much talked about, two-day, global food convention that has taken place annually in Galway City, Ireland, since 2015.

As one of Ireland’s foremost food leaders, JP is a prominent advocate for local food and food sustainability both in Ireland and internationally. His philosophy is to produce world-class, contemporary Irish food with wild, seasonal, sustainable West of Ireland ingredients, alongside locally grown and locally produced ingredients, for his restaurants. This ethos is also to the fore in his cookery teaching in Aniar Boutique Cookery School. Among JP’s signature ingredients are foraged seaweed, local oysters, seasonal sea urchins, and local, seasonal truffles. The Restaurant Association of Ireland awarded JP All-Ireland Local Food Hero for 2016.


● Founder & Director, Food On The Edge.

● Author of The Irish Cookbook (due to be published by Phaidon in February 2020).

● Founder of the Aniar School Project and Cava School Project for which JP tutors children of different ages about the importance of food.

● Founder of Aniar Boutique Cookery School where JP tutors amateur cooks.

● A Euro-Toques Ireland Commissioner.

● Founder and Chairperson Galway Food Festival, Ireland.

● Delegate and speaker at major international food events including World Chef Exchange Vancouver (January 2017), Tasting Australia (April 2018) and Terroir Warsaw (May 2018). JP MCMAHON - COOKBOOK AUTHOR, FOOD WRITER, TV & RADIO CONTRIBUTOR As a food writer, TV chef, TV cookery show judge and radio contributor, JP’s book and media projects in Ireland include the following:

● Author of Cava Bodega Cookbook - Tapas: A Taste of Spain in Ireland, in its third edition, with its fourth edition due out in 2020.

● Author of The Irish Cookbook (due to be published by Phaidon in February 2020).

● ‘Food For Thought’ weekly column in The Irish Times newspaper’s Saturday supplement.

● A judge on RTÉ One primetime television series Taste Of Success for which JP was the winning mentor for the 2016 and 2015 series.

● A regular cookery slot on the Today With Maura and Daithí daytime magazine programme on RTÉ One national television.

● A regular slot on Today with Seán O’Rourke daytime programme on RTÉ Radio 1.

● A regular contributor to national and local radio in Ireland, including RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2FM, Newstalk, Today FM, and Galway Bay FM.