EMERALD ISLE – JEWEL IN THE CULINARY CROWN
NOREEN KINNEY - PIONEER OF THE NEW IRISH CUISINE
'Thanks especially for those complimentary remarks about what Bord Bia has achieved to date. We cannot claim full credit. A lot of people - not least your good self, who pioneered the whole movement - and some brilliant chefs and food writers have contributed so much towards the changes in the Irish food scene.'
Bord Bia - The Irish Government Food Board (October 2002)
Noreen is best known for the Culinary Tours she runs throughout Ireland, and their success is a tribute to her very positive attitude towards Irish cookery. She deplores the common impression that the meager foods of the famine era still represent Irish cooking today, and points out: "Rich in food resources with excellent dairy and agricultural produce, top quality meat and an abundance of fish around the coast, Ireland today is virgin territory to become a gourmet's paradise." To help bring this about, Ms. Kinney calls for a fresh look at cooking and suggests that "La Nouvelle Cuisine" the revolutionary style now adopted by master chefs right across the Continent, calling for the use of fresh ingredients, simplicity of preparation and imaginative presentation, might be the answer. She herself has tried to put the theory into practice during the 'Culinary Tours'. Using ingredients available locally, she put together her own cuisine with characteristic Irish flavours to suit the Irish taste. I agree with Ms. Kinney's comments about our natural resources and what we ought to be doing with them. Results now appear in a book by Mercier Press, 'Cooking Irish Style Today'. I expect that the book will be popular with tourists, and will also gain the place it deserves as a family cookbook on the home market.
The above item written by Ireland's Premier Journalist Georgina Campbell appeared in the Irish Independent Newspaper - July 1977
More Media Clips coverage on Noreen's early work as Pioneer of the New Irish Cuisine Movement in Ireland between 1960 - 1986 can be viewed through the Media Clips link on the Emerald Isle Screen on this web site.