An evening with Michael Caines and Sam Moody at Ballyfin Demesne
Michael has been invited to cook alongside head Chef Sam Moody and his team at the world renowned Ballyfin Hotel in Ireland for a gastronomic evening on Thursday 25th April.
Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains just over an hour from Dublin, Ballyfin has long been admired as the most lavish Regency mansion in Ireland. It is a place of history and romance, of tranquility and great natural beauty.
Ballyfin’s magnificent interiors are decorated with Irish art and antiques from around the world, in the same spirit of refined elegance that the early House reflected in the 1820s. For today’s guest, though, formality is blended with an informal, relaxed and easy-going approach that is wonderfully warm and welcoming. With just 20 bedrooms and a Gardener’s Cottage, Ballyfin really has all the flavour of a grand private house with all the facilities of a five star resort. Step outdoors to enjoy 614 acres of private parkland, a 28 acre lake, ancient woods, follies and grottoes.
Your stay will begin with a Champagne arrival and casual lunch in the State dining room followed by a tour of the house; covering the history, art and antique collection before retiring to your room for the afternoon.
At 7pm you will be invited to the Library for apéritifs and canapes before indulging in a six course tasting menu by Michael Caines MBE. The evening will conclude in the bar with traditional Irish music.
Sam is the head Chef at Ballyfin. He had previously worked with Michael at Gidleigh Park for four years before heading up the kitchen at the Bath Priory Hotel and holding 1 Michelin star for five years.
“I arrived at Gidleigh Park aged 20 full of confidence in my own ability, I quickly realised I had a lot more to learn. Michael’s attention to detail and ability to build and then balance huge flavours has shaped my career. It’s always a pleasure to have Michael in the kitchen and Ballyfin’s dining room will be the perfect setting for our guests to enjoy his cuisine.” To me Ballyfin is still like no other hotel or restaurant I have been to, the house and grounds are breathtakingly beautiful. The dishes we create are simple, with a focus on big flavours, balance and detail. The produce grown in Ballyfin’s 6 acre Kitchen Garden is incredible and is an essential part in creating exceptional dining experiences for our guests.” – Sam Moody
“It’s been a pleasure to nurture and watch Sam develop his career from his time at Gidleigh Park, onto The Bath Priory and now as Head Chef at Ballyfin. Sam’s no nonsense cooking with a focus on the ingredients and flavour resonate with my own philosophy in cooking. He’s a brilliant team leader and a wonderful talent and I can’t wait to cook together for this incredible event, whilst taking in and enjoying the fabulous delights and luxury that is Ballyfin”. – Michael Caines MBE