Jp McMahon is a chef, restaurateur and author. He is culinary director of the EatGalway Restaurant Group, which comprises Aniar, Cava Bodega, and Eat Gastropub. He also runs the Aniar Boutique Cookery School. Jp is committed to the educational and ethical aspects of food, to buying and supporting the best of local and free-range produce, and engaging directly with small farmers.
Founding chair and director of the Galway Food Festival, Jp is an ambassador for Irish food and a network leader for the global Cook it Raw project. He is also the ambassador for Spanish food in Ireland in particular promoting the wines of Rías Baixas (Galicia) and Jerez.
Jp is currently a commissioner for Euro-Toques Ireland and sits on its Food Council.
Jp also lectures in Art History in UCC and is currently finishing his PhD in Art History, which focuses on twentieth century American art. In conjunction with this, his restaurants regularly hosts exhibitions, sponsors local arts festivals and events, and promotes the arts on a local level in Galway.
Jp is currently organizing an international chef symposium entitled ‘Food on the Edge’. This event will take place in Galway in October 2015, 2016 and 2017. This event features the best international chefs across the globe. He also has a weekly column in the Irish Times on Saturday.
Drigín is co-owner of Cava Bodega, Aniar and Eat Gastropub. She has a passion for good food and wine and has worked in the catering industry since she was 16 years of age. Drigín also has many years of experience working in human resources, accounts and payroll. Her main focus in Cava is to manage the business side of the restaurant. Alongside Drigín’s love for good food and wine is her fondness of the arts. Drigín has an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies and has worked as a director and acting teacher. She says that, “running a restaurant is like putting on a different performance every night”.
More recently, Drigin took on the challenge of project managing and overseeing the interior design of Cava Bodega. Drigín enjoys the challenge of working in different areas of the business from front of house to financial control. She maintains, however, that her biggest challenge to date is being a mother to her two gregarious girls.