Keepin’ It Beige with Keith Coleman
As the Great Resignation and the repercussions from the pandemic continue to accelerate changes already underway in the hospitality industry, more and more chefs are looking for ways to stay creatively involved in food outside of traditional restaurant kitchens. Keith Coleman is one such chef whose career has taken some unexpected turns. After working at Fumbally Cafe, he was the head chef at the beloved and short-lived Fia in Rathgar. More recently he started a pop-up, Roots, with his partner Aisling McHugh, and oversaw the food and beverage program at Slane Castle, both experiences which led him to reflect on what he truly values about cooking and his own place within hospitality. Today, Keith is a private chef at Bellamont House in County Cavan, where he’s working with the owners to create a sustainable food program on the estate.
Keith's story touches on some of the most important topics in hospitality today. We spoke about the pressures of being a chef and the challenges of creating healthy, non-toxic workplaces, the value of close relationships with organic farmers, and the growing #BeigeFood Movement (simple, honest, delicious food that Keith posts about on his IG (@keithjamescoleman). Join us on a journey into the ever-evolving landscape of Ireland's food scene through the eyes of Keith Coleman.
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