Anthony Gray is a Sligo native and always viewed Sligo as a foodie town that was crying out for its local produce to be championed. He knows all his local suppliers and producers on a first name basis, personally knows the cheese makers, fishmongers and supports local businesses and local artisan suppliers. With his deep appreciation for seasonal food, Anthony attends the farmers market every Saturday and forages for wild ingredients for use in his restaurants. Anthony opened two multi-award winning restaurants in quick succession; Tra Ban opened in 2009 in Strandhill and Eala Bhan opened in Sligo Town in 2011.
Paula Scallon grew up in Fermanagh. She completed a Degree in Hotel Management in Middlesex University, London and after obtained a diploma in Marketing through the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Paula has 25 year's experience in the hotel industry working in the leading 4 and 5 star hotels in London, Brussels, Dublin and Sligo. She moved with her family to Sligo 10 years ago for a better lifestyle and hasn't looked back! She has been working in the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa for just under 6 years which is currently undergoing a €4.5m refurbishment programme.
Joe Shannon is the executive chef of the
Radisson blu hotel, Spa and leisure centre Sligo. He has been
awarded many accolades, has travelled extensively, participating
in all sorts of culinary delights.The classibawn Restaurant at
the Radisson Hotel and Spa is AA Rosette accredited, Joe has won
mouton cadet Sunday lunch awards, as well as been a founding
member of the North West Branch of the Panel of Chefs and has also served on the National Executive of the Panel of Chefs of Ireland.His demonstration work has brought him to Irish festivals in Abu Dhabi as well as mainland Europe; he has given many lectures to collages on kitchen management, motivation and hygiene. He has been both competitor and judge at many international food competitions.He is totally passionate about all things food and his cookery demonstrations are renowned nationally for his inspirational dishes delivered with great passion and fun, raising over five hundred thousand euros for all sorts of good causes Joe also works extensively with media; he is a weekly guest chef on Ireland Am, which is Ireland most watched breakfast morning t.v. programme, working with some very famous Chefs such as Paul Hollywood, John Torode, John Burton Race and Antony Worrall Thompson to name just a few. He also has worked on tv3s “Three O Clock show”. He also works a lot with radio, where he presents a weekly Monday show demonstrating lovely recopies in a humorous and great fun way to start the week. He has contributed on practically every radio station in Ireland! He has been featured on many magazines and newspapers.