Food Is Life... With Dylan Kerr

 

Dylan loves to be smacked in the face with the flavours of Middle Eastern food. If you want to make him run, simply produce a banana... 

 

What’s your favourite dish?

Shakshuka - baked eggs in a spicy Moroccan sauce. This dish is SO easy to make and hits the spot every time. I like to serve this with my Greek olive bread and some natural yoghurt. 

Dylan's Shakshuka. Yes, I think we may have to hire him when we open Café Currabinny. 

What’s your favourite cuisine? 

Middle-Eastern food. Loads of bits and bobs and bags of flavour - like a smack in the face.

Best place to grab breakfast in Ireland? 

The Fumbally. My favourite is the avocado toast with pickled cabbage and popped amaranth. 

Best place to grab lunch in Ireland?

Super Miss Sue. Best chips I have ever had. I once spent €60 there in one week (don't even ask - exam season). Get the chip butty - toasted sourdough, lashings of butter, tomato ketchup and loads of chips. Oomph.

Best place to have dinner in Ireland?

The Winding Stair. The whole dining experience is like a big, warm hug. 

Best place to get coffee in Ireland? 

A few weeks back I went to this 'lil place called 'The Pigeon House' in Delgany. It is a little bit off the beaten track, hidden amidst the trees, but it is well worth a visit. There is a beautiful in-house bakery and a shop brimming with beautiful local produce. The coffee was delicious and I also tried the Snickers Choux Bun which was 10/10.

Best place to get a cocktail in Ireland? 

 Kai Cafe + Restaurant, Galway. I haven't actually visited this place, but I tried a cocktail made by one of the mixologists at a pop-bar at the beginning of the summer. I got a coriander and black pepper margarita and it was so damn good.

Best shop/ supermarket to grab bits for a home-cooked dinner? 

The Asia Market on Drury Street is fantastic and easy on the pocket which is ideal for a student like me. If I am feeling like spending a little bit more money to create an extra special meal, the aforementioned Pigeon House in Delgany is the ticket. 

Who’s your favourite cook/ chef? 

Denis Cotter. A vegetable magician, of sorts.

Do you have a favourite cookbook? 

For the Love of Food by Denis Cotter - My Bible.

Favourite restaurant you’ve ever been to & why…

A tiny little restaurant in a fishing village in Portugal. I can't remember the name for the life of me. It was a family-owned business and absolutely tiny. It felt as if I just walked into somebody's dining room. My mum and I shared a big, steaming pot of tomato and cuttlefish stew and it was out of this world. Unforgettable. 

What city, from your travels, has the best food?

I visited Thailand when I was about ten and tasted some of the most amazing food - unlike anything I had ever tried before. I think this trip really sparked my interest in food and taught me to be more adventurous in the kitchen. 

What’s your favourite ingredient to use in cooking? 

Butter. I love butter - in everything. I come from a dairy farm, so we are all lovers of dairy in my household. Real butter only, get your fucking LowLow away from me. G'way. 

Best place (or website) to get gorge bits for the kitchen? 

Avoca just off the motorway in Rathcoole. I could spend days in the place.

Favourite dessert? 

Darina Allen's caramelised almond tart. 

Favourite tipple?

Whiskey on the rocks with a splash of ginger ale. Jameson is my fave. 

What six people would make up your dream dinner party? 

Tilda Swinton, Marina Abramović, Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Sylvia Plath and Enya. 

What food/ ingredient do you detest? 

Bananas. The devil's fruit. Vom. 

 

Dylan is an all-round, stunning soul, follow him on Instagram.