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Powerscourt Hotel Appoints New Executive Chef With Global Culinary Experience

Leading luxury resort Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa has welcomed Darrin Par- rish as its new Executive Chef.

Bringing over two decades of experience to the role, Darrin has worked in some of the world’s top hotels and resorts in France, Australia, Korea, Jordan and Guam. He has also had the pleasure of preparing meals for society’s elite, including King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan.

Originally from Sussex, Darrin was opening chef for the Westin Dublin, and he now returns to Ireland to lead Powerscourt’s exceptional kitchen team and build on the hotel’s national reputation.

Darrin’s signature cooking style incorporates influences from traditional dishes with added creative twists, using his extensive culinary knowledge gained from working in and visiting multiple countries to create outstanding dishes.

Darrin comments, “I like to bring in little things from various places I’ve worked and introduce them in dishes here, utilising all the knowledge I’ve picked up along the way. The biggest influence was from French cuisine, very simple flavoursome food without all the gimmicks and theatricals.“I think there is a return to that, moving away from all the fancy show which I think can just be a distraction. If the taste is good enough then that should be the wow factor, not any visual tricks like dry ice, you really don’t need that and I think people are realising that more now.“If something looks fabulous but tastes terrible then they won’t remember it, but something that looks simple but tastes amazing, that’s what you remember. I want us to focus on real food and real taste that speaks for itself”.

Darrin will oversee each of the food and drink establishments at Powerscourt Hotel, including the award-winning Sika restaurant, Sugar Loaf Lounge and McGills.

Speaking about the appointment, Powerscourt Hotel’s General Manager Ian Wynne commented, “We are delighted to welcome Darrin to the resort team and the skills and talent which he brings with him”.

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