FREE Cookery Demo with TV3’s ‘The Restaurant’ Celebrity Chef in Drogheda

Chef Gary O’Hanlon kicks off nationwide series of cookery demos in the D Hotel on Monday 9th March. Book your free place now.

Gary penned our cookbook which last month was named charity cookbook of the year in Ireland and which will now go forward to the world Gourmand Cookbook Awards in June in China.

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Join Celebrity Chef from TV3’s The Restaurant and author of our cookbook Food for the Soul at the first in our nationwide series of cookery demos for 2015.

Watch the video of Gary talking about the cookbook.


Kieran Hallinan, Director of Bluebird Care North East says the event brings together people who love food, love to cook and who want to learn from the best. We are delighted to host this free event in Drogheda and I would like to extend an invitation to all members of the community and from the public, private and community and voluntary sectors to come along. Previous cookery demos in Limerick and Wexford have seen over 100 people attend.”

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and Gary will be signing copies of Food for the Soul on the night.

Register for the event here.

Gary Cooks Chicken Curry

Celebrity Chef Gary O’Hanlon has created a series of videos for us cooking his favourite recipes from our cookbook Food For the Soul.

Here he cooks Chicken Curry. Gary did an event at Electric Picnic where Sunil Guhai was MCing. He’s Executive Chef of the Jaipur Restaurant Group and a great Chef according to Gary. He did a chicken curry at the event but never as Gary had seen. He roasted the spices, broke them up in the morel and pestle, fried them a bit, added the sauce ingredients and then put in the chicken. This isn’t the usual method Gary would use but Sunil is a master and has created a wonderful dish that Gary has cooked here.

Food for the Soul Wins Prestigious International Gourmand Award



Qualification for Gourmand Best in the World Competition

for Best Cuisine Charity Fund-raising in Europe


Food for the Soul the cookbook published by Bluebird Care and written by Celebrity Chef Gary O’Hanlon has today been named cookbook of the year in Ireland for Best Cuisine Charity Fundraising in Europe, in the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, widely regarded as the Oscars of the cookbook world.


The cookbook was published in August 2014 and proceeds from the sale of it go to Active Retirement Ireland who have 24,500 members nationwide. The winner in each country will compete against winners in the same category in other countries for The Best in the World. The results will be announced on Tuesday June 9, 2015 at the annual Awards event, which takes place in Yantai, China, on the Wine Bay beach. Yantai is a 75 minutes flight southeast of Beijing.

Edouard Cointreau, President and Founder of the Gourmand Awards, says: “Charity cookbooks are very important. Besides raising much-needed and useful funds, they also help to build teams, and save recipes that are culinary history treasures.

“These books can make a big difference, thanks to the dedication of the editors. Ireland has a long tradition of charity cookbooks, ranking often as the best in the world.”

Director of Operations with Bluebird Care, Eddie O’Toole says, “We are absolutely thrilled with this award. This is not our first corporate social responsibility award and in fact we are known for our unique charity campaigns. Gary has been our food ambassador for the past 18 months and is a strong advocate for older people and people living alone. We will continue to roll our free Food for the Soul cookery demonstrations around the country in 2015 and we invite everyone to come along to taste Gary’s award-winning recipes.”

Gary O’Hanlon is head chef at Viewmount House but also a multi-award winner for his cooking. He says to win an international award for his writing is just as exciting. “I can’t tell you how much this means to me. This book was dedicated to Rose Cunningham, my longest and oldest customer who sadly passed away last week at the age of 93, and she features on the front cover and in one of my recipes. So I’d like to dedicate this award to her. Rose and older people in our society are very important to us and that’s why Bluebird Care and I have teamed up with Active Retirement Ireland on this cookbook.”

Food for the Soul can be purchased online here for €10 plus postage and packaging.

Chef Gary O'Hanlon with Active Retirement Ireland President Mai Quaid

TV’s ‘The Restaurant’ Chef Gary to Cook Up A Storm in Limerick

FREE Food for the Soul Cookery Demo in the Strand Hotel, Thursday 30th October @ 7:30pm


Bluebird Care and Celebrity Chef Gary O’Hanlon from TV3’s Late Lunch Live and The Restaurant takes their nationwide series of Food for the Soul cookery demonstrations to Limerick. Food for the Soul is a collection of Gary’s favourite home-cooked recipes. The cookbook is published by homecare company Bluebird Care which has its head office in Limerick and 23 others nationwide. The cookbook will raise money for Active Retirement Ireland, which has 24,500 members across Ireland.

The free cookery demonstration takes place in the Strand Hotel on Thursday 30th October at 7.30pm. To register your free place email or call 061 481 208 or click here to register online.

Food for the Soul could be described as ‘food for the soul, stories from the heart’ as Gary has a personal back-story for each recipe and putting his unique stamp on the book. Speaking this week Gary says, “We have four sections in the cookbook – Starters, Snack, Mains and Desserts. We also have a ‘How-to-Guide’ for the more difficult recipes. I am really excited to partner with Bluebird Care on this project.

“They are a company that spends lots of time, energy and investment on projects to benefit other people and other organisations. I am pleased that my very first cookbook is one that is going to raise money for Active Retirement Associations across Ireland.” Not only has Bluebird Care produced this cookbook for sale nationwide they have also commissioned a series of complementary online videos showing Gary cook each dish which are available to view on their website.”

General Manager of Bluebird Care in Limerick, Daragh McGlynn says, “We have long-held the view that good home cooking is very important to our customers who live in their own homes. We are in the homes of dozens of people every week right across Limerick and we understand the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. We asked Gary to write the cookbook for us and to devise recipes that had home-cooking at the heart of them. There are dishes for everyone – the beginner, intermediate or advanced home-cook.”

The cookbooks are available for sale at €10 online – click here.