Award Winning Kinsale Chef appointed to Clayton Hotel Cork city

Gerry Gillen, Executive Head Chef at Clayton Hotel Cork City Picture. John Allen

The latest exciting development at the Clayton Hotel Cork City is the appointment of Gerry Gillen to the role of Executive Head Chef. 

A native of the gourmet capital Kinsale, Gerry qualified from Dublin College of Catering and embarked on a professional career with leading 5 star and luxury hotel brands in Ireland and the UK.  Having worked at The Shelbourne (Dublin), The Hyde Park Hotel and renowned Grosvenor House in London, Gerry cultivated his culinary skills in the finest hotel restaurants before returning to his native Cork in 2000. He was appointed to the role of head chef at The Blue Haven restaurant in Kinsale, before take up the position of Executive Head Chef at the popular Elm Tree Restaurant, Glounthaune in 2006 where his cuisine and menu choices ensured a number of awards for the  renowned eatery.

At the Clayton Hotel Cork City, Gerry will be responsible for delivering high quality, sophisticated fare for events and functions, while overseeing the Globe Bar and Restaurant, with its contemporary European style dishes, with the finest artisan produce sourced directly from the English Market. 

Welcoming the new Executive Head Chef, General Manager Conor O’Toole said, “Gerry’s flair for flavour, expertise of fine dining as well as contemporary, quality restaurants as well as his international experience in leading hotels make him an ideal fit for the Clayton Hotel Cork City, where we have a number of exciting developments in the pipeline for our diners, guests and visitors. We are delighted to welcome Gerry to the Clayton Hotel Group.”

“Being passionate about food, I’m really excited to join the Clayton Hotel Group and bring great menus that are both contemporary and classic to this exceptional and busy city centre hotel. There is a super team here and I look forward to being a part of the Clayton Hotel City Centre family,” said Gerry Gillen, Executive Head Chef.

Located on Lapps Quay in the heart of the city, the popular and award winning Clayton Hotel Cork City is currently nearing completion of a €2 million euro investment, which has seen rooms refurbishment, Clayton Hotels’ signature Roaster Coffee Dock, improved conferencing and health and leisure facilities amongst other redevelopment. While room renovations are already underway, works on the ground floor Atrium area and Globe Restaurant will conclude in  November 2017.

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