John Mulcahy, Head of Food Tourism, Failte Ireland
Originally qualified as a hotel manager, John has gained forty years experience in his chosen fields of tourism and hospitality, with roles in hotels, such as Dukes Hotel, London and Ashford Castle, Ireland; as a fine dining restaurateur in Pittsburgh (USA), a pub restaurant operator in Cork, a hotel school lecturer at Shannon College, and as catering manager for offshore Ireland, Bewleys and United Nations Peacekeeping Forces.
From 2000 until late 2017, John played a senior role with Fáilte Ireland, the Irish National Tourism Development Authority, culminating in responsibility for statutory tourist accommodation standards, food tourism development and hospitality education. He is now an independent advisor and researcher on Irish gastronomy, food tourism & the role of food in tourism.
Informed by his substantial hospitality and tourism experience, John has gained Masters Degrees in Gastronomy (Le Cordon Bleu, Adelaide University), and Hospitality Management (Oxford Brookes), as well as the WSET Diploma in Wine and Spirits.
He continues to indulge in his passion for talking and writing about gastronomy and tourism in Ireland and has published a number of articles.