The Murphia List 2019 was recently revealed, highlighting some of the best Irish names working in the London food scene.

The Murphia List is released annually by Irish brother and sister Gavin and Catherine Hanly, who run Hot Dinners, a popular industry-focused website that highlights British dining. The Murphia List 2019 includes thirteen new entries, as well as old favourites like Richard Corrigan and Clare Smyth. It’s a great way to look at how many ex-pats are shaping the way people in the British capital eat.

According to the Hot Dinners website, The Murphia List 2019 is a way for the Hanlys to celebrate their Irish heritage:

“As second-generation Irish, Gavin and I decided five years ago to bring together in a single list all the Irish people we'd met over the years of covering this city's hospitality industry. We wanted to celebrate our own heritage through shining a light on all the passionate people from Ireland who work in London's restaurants, pubs and bars.  And it feels even more pertinent this year, as we approach the Brexit deadline, to be talking about the huge contribution our fellow Europeans make to the food and drink scene here in the UK.”

The list covers a variety of hospitality professionals working, including chefs, restaurateurs, bars, front of house, media, behind the scenes, producers and ones to watch. The top Irish chefs in the London food scene that appeared on The Murphia List 2019 are as follows:


  • Kevin Burke - Head Chef, The Ninth
  • Kenneth Culhane - Head Chef, The Dysart
  • Shauna Froydenlund - Chef Patron, Marcus
  • NEW: Fiona Hannon - Head Chef, Bentley's
  • NEW: Anna Haugh - Chef Patron, Myrtle
  • Marguerite Keogh - Head Chef, The Five Fields
  • Dave McCarthy - Head Chef, Scott's
  • Aidan McGee - Head Chef, Corrigan’s Mayfair
  • NEW: Colin McSherry - Head Chef, Gridiron
  • NEW: Tom Mullin - BOH Operations, Pizza Pilgirms
  • Patrick Powell - Head chef, Allegra
  • Rory Shannon - Head Chef, Duke of Richmond Public House & Dining Room
  • Clare Smyth MBE - Chef Patron, Core by Clare Smyth


  • NEW: Sinead Campbell - Street food trader, BBQ Dreamz
  • Richard Corrigan - Chef Patron of Corrigan Collection
  • John Devitt - Owner, Koya Soho, Koya City and Koya Ko
  • Garrett Fitzgerald - Restaurateur, Butchies
  • Robin and Sarah Gill - Restaurateurs and chef, The Dairy, Counter Culture, Sorella
  • Brian Hannon - Restaurateur, Super 8 Restaurants - Smoking Goat, Kiln, Brat
  • Colin Kelly - Job: Chef/Co-owner, Picture Portland Street and Marylebone
  • John King - Restaurateur, Bowling Bird
  • David Moore - Founding Director, Pied à Terre
  • John Nugent - CEO, Green & Fortune
  • Oliver Peyton - CEO, Peyton & Byrne
  • NEW: Simon and Cairene Whiteside - Restaurateurs, Roe
  • NEW: Mark and Alan Wogan - Directors, Homeslice


Front of House:



  • Evin O’Riordain - Founder, The Kernel Brewery
  • Darragh O'Shea - Owner, O’Shea’s Butchers
  • Steve Ryan - Food Photographer - Co-Founder, Root + Bone and 40FT Brewery

Steve Ryan, co-founder of Root + Bone and 40FT Brewery. Image from

Steve Ryan, co-founder of Root + Bone and 40FT Brewery. Image from

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