August 10, 2016

Chef Barry Ralph

ChefThe head chef at House of Plates is Barry Ralph. Barry is passionate about the food produce of Mayo and the surrounding region and tries to ensure as much as possible that his ingredients are sourced locally and seasonally.

Barry has been a chef for 15 years and is married to Helen. They opened House of Plates as a concept restaurant to introduce a new, casual and contemporary eating out idea in their hometown of Castlebar.

Barry trained in professional cookery in GMIT.

He has worked in some of Mayo’s leading hotels and restaurants, including Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, and An Carraig, Castlebar, where he was head chef for five years.

At just 24, he was the only Mayo chef to be nominated for Best Chef in Connacht by Food and Wine Magazine.

More recently, he was nominated for Best Mayo Chef by the Restaurant Association of Ireland. His cooking has also been noted for a recommendation in the prestigious Georgina Campbell Guide to good dining in Ireland.

Barry is a former Flo Gas Mayo Masterchef of the Year.