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JUNE 13, 2022

Episode #2 Team work in Carton House kitchens with Executive Chef Gary Rogers

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About episode #2

Join us with Gary Rogers, Executive Chef at Carton House, A Fairmont Managed Hotel. We talk to Gary about his prolific career to-date, family life, his role at Carton House, food inflation, and more!

Read the full episode breakdown here.

About our guest – Gary Rogers

A Dublin native, Gary has worked in a wide variety of different food operations since graduating in Culinary Arts from Technological University Dublin in 1995 — from gastropubs to casinos and convention centres and, for the last 12 years, in five-star properties and resorts from Kilkenny and Dublin to Darwin, Australia. With over 25 years spent working in both hotel and restaurant outlets around the world, Gary’s expertise includes extensive banquet and multi-outlet experience.

Carton House appointments Derek Kelly as Head Chef of Kathleen’s Kitchen
Kathleen’s Kitchen at Carton House, A Fairmont Managed Hotel

As Executive Chef, Gary is responsible for all dining outlets at the resort, from The Carriage House to the exciting new concepts of Kathleen’s Kitchen, The Courtyard Bar and The Morrison Room, one of the country’s grandest dining rooms. Gary joined Carton House from the five-star Conrad Hotel in Dublin’s city centre where he was Executive Chef for two and a half years.

Gary’s interest in cooking began at an early age, taking his cue both from his grandmother, a natural home baker, and from his dad, a former chef in the Irish Army and owner of a catering business. After graduating, Gary trained and worked in various Irish hotels and restaurants before moving to Australia where he worked as Executive Chef at the five-star Skycity in Darwin, (now Mintel Beach Casino Resort) – with over 150 luxury rooms plus VIP villas, Gary was in charge of all food operations including five restaurants with an Australian Good Food and Travel Guide ‘Hatted’ fine dining restaurant, seven bars, a casino, spa, and large event and banquet facilities.


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Carton House, A Fairmont Managed Hotel

Carton House, a Fairmont Managed Hotel is luxury hotel escapism at its best. An 18th-century manor house on 1,100-acre grounds, this upscale golf and spa resort is 2.6 km from Maynooth and 24 km from Dublin. There’s an elegant Irish restaurant, a golf-course bistro and a chic bar in the former kitchen, plus ornate drawing rooms. Outdoor activities include 2 golf courses, tennis, biking and fishing. There’s also a day spa, castle remains and a boathouse.

One of Ireland’s most historic country houses, Carton House was the home of the influential and aristocratic FitzGerald family, and is now in the proud ownership of the Irish-American Mullen family.  Carton House celebrates its first summer as a luxurious Fairmont Managed Hotel, joining the more than 80 Fairmont hotels around the globe as the oldest property in a collection famed for its grande dame hotels and iconic properties including The Savoy in London and The Plaza in New York.

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Full Episode Breakdown

  • [00:00] Introduction
  • [01:25] Garys background and family life
  • [03:15] Love of cooking
  • [05:30] First job
  • [06:35] Advertisement
  • [07:10] Culinary experience
  • [10:15] Kitchen culture
  • [12:10] Day-to-day at Carton House
  • [15:00] Events at Carton House
  • [16:00] Food styles at Carton House
  • [19:50] Food inflation and shortages
  • [22:00] Morrison Room, Carriage House, Kathleen’s Kitchen, Courtyard Bar
  • [24:00] Staff shortages
  • [25:00] Unique experiences at Carton House
  • [28:40] Hospitality careers
  • [31:10] Cooking at home
  • [33:00] Family life
  • [33:30] Switching off

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