Belfast Restaurant James Street Appoints New Executive Chef

By Dave Simpson
Belfast Restaurant James Street Appoints New Executive Chef

Belfast restaurant James Street has appointed Ryan Stringer as its executive chef.

Stringer Background

Dungannon native Stringer previously worked as executive chef at the ELY group of wine bars and restaurants in Dublin, and has been working at the flagship James Street restaurant since late 2021.

Stringer Statements

Stringer stated, "I'm absolutely delighted to be back in Belfast and taking this new role as executive chef at such an iconic restaurant. Personally admired by me for nearly two decades, James St has an outstanding reputation for incredible food and ambience and is credited with a strong and loyal customer base. I'm keen to keep doing what James St does well while introducing some of my own style and experience.

"Our customers love the steaks and a range of delicious dishes including its famous crab and chili linguini - they won't be going anywhere. However, I'm excited to show my passions and style as well as continuing with the classics that have put this restaurant on the map."

Stringer also said, "I'll definitely be taking my experiences in Ely with me to James St. I was there for over a decade and it shaped me. It was part of me for so long. I'm really excited to bring all the experiences I've had back home to Ulster with me in my new role."


James Street Owner Statement

James Street owner Niall McKenna stated, "We are delighted to have Ryan on board as our new executive chef. He is the perfect fit for us, and we are excited by what lies ahead on the menus under his tutelage. He has experienced some of the world's greatest kitchens and we can’t wait to see how he brings those influences to our menu. He is hugely passionate about sustainability and having a 'no waste' kitchen, and he thinks extremely carefully, and creatively, about making the most of every part of each ingredient he uses."

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