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Ballyfin announces the arrival of new Head Chef Sam Moody

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Michelin starred British Chef, Sam Moody, joins Ballyfin as Head Chef in October 2016, bringing with him over 15 years’ experience in refined gastronomy.  
Moody began his career at the age of 16, working in a local fine dining restaurant whilst, simultaneously, studying for his catering qualifications at Central Sussex College. Just a year later, Moody was appointed as a Commis Chef at Ockenden Manor Hotel where, under the tutelage of Head Chef Steve Crane, the team was awarded a Michelin Star.

In 2005, Moody joined renowned chef Michael Caines in the two Michelin star kitchens of Gidleigh Park, where he remained for almost four years, before moving to The Bath Priory as Sous Chef in 2009. Later that same year, in recognition of his talent and dedication, Moody was promoted to Head Chef.  

Three years later, further promotion followed with Moody’s appointment as Executive Head Chef at The Bath Priory where he acquired a Michelin Star. Moody will now join Ballyfin, Ireland, bringing with him a wealth of creativity and a new interpretation of the hotel’s culinary offerings.  

“Becoming Head Chef at Ballyfin is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am eager to join the team.  Ballyfin has a wonderful reputation as one of Ireland’s finest and most exclusive hotels and I look forward to growing this with the team. I focus on cooking simple dishes that are full of flavour using only the finest ingredients. Ballyfin’s two amazing walled gardens and dedicated garden team will be a great help. I can’t put into words how wonderful Ballyfin is, with time and hard work, I believe we can create a truly world class dining experience for our guests”. Said Sam Moody.  

Damien Bastiat, General Manager of Ballyfin, commented “Sam Moody impressed us with his passion and bold use of flavours. Having worked together at Gidleigh Park some years ago I always followed Sam’s career with interest and was delighted for him when he achieved his Michelin Star. Ballyfin has long been regarded as one of the finest hotels in Ireland and it is important that our dining experience lives up to this. We look forward to Sam joining the team in October and to a new gastronomic chapter for Ballyfin”.

Rates at Ballyfin start from €560 per room per night (Deluxe Room category) on a bed and breakfast basis

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