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In Dublin’s Fair City…where the food is so pretty….

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In early April this year Dax restaurant in Dublin said a fond farewell to its long-time head chef Conor Dempsey. He had been head chef at Dax for seven years and was responsible for delivering the very high quality food that Dax became famous for, sampled by FT back in March.

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The inspiration behind Dax is born out of owner Olivier Meisonnave’s love for his Aquitaine home in south west France and some of the regions classic dishes, his passion for rustic cuisine matched with a deep love of french wine.

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Connor O’’Dowd now leads the Dax kitchen, bringing a wealth of creativity and culinary skill from all over the world.

Connor studied catering at DIT Cathal Brugha Street which has been the foundation of some of Ireland’’s greatest young culinary talent.

Connor says: “My first serious kitchen role was in Gary Rhodes’ celebrated D7 restaurant. Head chef at the time was the very talented Paul Hargreaves who had been sous chef at the Michelin starred Rhodes 24 in London for six years.

After three years in Rhodes Connor moved to Norway which included a 6 month spell at Charlotte Mohns Opaker Gård. The following year he returned to Dublin and took a position at Ross Lewis’s Michelin starred Chapter One Restaurant.

Head chef at the time was the excellent Cathal Leonard. Three years at Chapter One saw him move to Sebastien Masi and Kirsten Batts’ Locks Brasserie in Portobello as sous chef to work with Rory Carville. It was in Locks where he was really able to develop his own thinking on food and to develop a strong relationship with suppliers. He also felt exceptionally lucky to have been working with a very young, talented and energetic kitchen which went on to win its own Michelin star in 2012.

The main aim at Dax Restaurant is to serve innovative, simple dishes, to work in tandem with suppliers, and to promote the best of seasonal and local produce.

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We ask Chef for his Favourite Tables locations, but as he is so busy and not getting any free time at the moment, we agreed to pop back in a few months and ask again…..