Pastry chef Andrew Ryan has been appointed executive pastry chef at Ashford Castle.
Ryan first worked for the hotel as pastry sous chef from 2016 to 2020 and makes his return following roles with Loam Restaurant in Galway and as head chocolatier at Grá Chocolates.
Niall Rochford, general manager, Ashford Castle, said, "We are always thrilled to welcome back good people. Andrew was a highly valued member of the team previously and I know he will be once again as he takes on this senior role in the castle's kitchens. He has an innate ability, the right mindset and a genuine passion for his creations, which are quite unique and of the highest standard. Guests are really going to enjoy his work."
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Speaking about his return to Ashford Castle, Ryan said, "I loved my time at Ashford Castle and during my initial four years there, I was able to develop my skills while also mentoring and developing other members of the team. In 2020 I decided to gain experience in different establishments, which lead me to Loam and Grá, but I knew I would always one day return to the castle. The draw of the place and the comaradery of the people are undeniable and quite frankly, there's nowhere in the world quite like it."
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