Cavan native Enda McEvoy is chef-owner at Loam in Galway, which has held a Michelin star since 2015. Known for his innovative cooking, Enda was named Best Chef Connacht at the 2019 FOOD AND WINE Awards in association with Rémy Martin.
Born and raised in Cavan, Enda first ventured into a kitchen at the age of 17. He then trained in restaurants around the world before settling in Galway and working in Nimmo's, Sheridan's and Aniar, for which he won a Michelin star.
In 2013, Enda left Aniar to open Loam with his wife, Sinead. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2015, which it has kept since, and is now known as one of the best restaurants in the country.
Using produce locally grown in the West of Ireland, Enda's food highlights the very best of Ireland. The menu changes daily, depending on what's available, so expect to sample the very best of the best when you visit this gorgeous restaurant.
While Enda wasn't able to make it to the awards ceremony, we spoke to him to get his reaction to his new title.
"It was so great to get this award as it means we have gotten recognition from our peers. It's a great award for the team too, because it's not just me that does all the work, everyone puts in so much effort. I basically just open the doors!
We're really focused on keeping up our standards, so we'll be focusing on that over that the next year. It's great to have been recognised by Michelin, all recognition is great welcomed, but winning a second star isn't something that we're focused on right now.
What we are focused on is being a quality restaurant that has happy customers and happy staff."
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