In December 2018, the UN General Assembly declared that 7 June 2019 would become World Food Safety Day, under the theme “Food Safety, everyone’s business”.
In honour of the first-ever celebration of this occasion, we at MediaHQ have decided to take a look at five popular Irish food writers to see how they’re contributing to both Irish and international culinary discourse.
1) Indy Power
Indy Power is a food columnist in the Irish Independent’s Weekend Magazine where she usually shares innovative recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free and/or vegan. Independently, she runs the popular blog Little Green Spoon, where she publishes a new recipe every Monday. These are then also added to her useful iOS app. Indy’s Twitter feed is filled with pictures of successful attempts at her recipes, uploaded by her dedicated fans.
2) JP McMahon
There is no better tool for writers than experience, and this is where JP McMahon shines. Founding chair and director of the Galway Food Festival, JP is an Irish Times columnist whose topics range from reflecting on the work of past culinary scholars, to discussing innovative food combinations such as pairing oysters with buttermilk. If you ever need an expert’s tale on an ongoing culinary debate, JP is your man.
3) Debbie Woodward
Debbie Woodward runs the award-winning family food and travel website Saucepan Kids. Established in 2012, its aim is to help parents teach children how to be food literate, so that they will be able to navigate the world of easily-accessible, unhealthy food that surrounds them. Her website features recipes which children can contribute to making, as well as informative blog posts such as “Does your family get enough Omega-3 in their diet?” and kid-friendly restaurant recommendations from their frequent trips abroad. Debbie is a key writer to follow for anyone with children, from toddlers to teenagers.
4) Nicola Halloran
Nicola Halloran runs to The Wonky Spatula, a blog initially dedicated to the paleo diet but has since spread out to cover recipes pertaining to the gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and paleo diets. However, “diet” is not a word that Nicola would encourage the use of, as her niche is that she does not provide her readers with temporary dieting methods. Instead, she tries to get people to make small but permanent changes to their lifestyle by showing people how they can eat healthily 100% of the time. If you’re looking to make a change to your eating habits, The Wonky Spatula may be a good place to start.
5) Donal Skehan
No list of Irish food writers would be complete without mentioning Donal Skehan, host of RTE’s Kitchen Hero, BBC’s Junior Masterchef and even Food Network Star Kids in America. Donal has had a varied career, having made it to the final of Eurosong in 2008, only to be beaten by Dustin the Turkey. He became a household name in the early 2010s, to the point where he was frequently satirised by Mario Rosenstock. Despite the worldwide fame, Donal still takes the time to write about his cooking, having released the cookbook Donal’s Meals in Minutes in September 2018.
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