Chef du Jour 2012 at Fenns Quay with Paul Axford

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March 1, 2012 by Evin

Last night, I celebrated Leap Day with a good meal. No, let’s call it great. Fun company, lovely surroundings, and tasty food. Yes, definitely GREAT. It was the first in two nights of the 2012 Chef du Jour challenge at Fenns Quay restaurant. Paul Axford, an enthusiastic amateur cook and a Leeds Rhinos fan, was our Chef du Jour.

Head chef Kate Lawlor loves food and local ingredients! Perhaps she also considers the chef as an essential local ingredient because she started the Chef du Jour challenge in November with a second one going this week and next (Sarah Riordan on Wednesday Mar. 7), leading up to a final match-up of the two winners on a Sunday in April when the winner of this round faces winner of round one, Jeni Pimm! If you like food and don’t want the same old menu you always see, ring Fenns Quay to book a seat at the table for Sarah’s night in the kitchen next week or the final challenge night in April.

Now, let’s talk about last night’s four-star meal in detail, shall we? Did you just wonder if I took photos? You should know me by now…of course I took photos!

Chef du Jour 2012 at Fenns Quay. Paul Axford in the kitchen.

Here is the menu Paul presented to diners last evening.


Chef du Jour 2012 at Fenns Quay. Paul Axford in the kitchen.

Amuse bouche is beef carpaccio on a horseradish blini with two blades of chives. A beautiful presentation, amazing flavor, and something I could have eaten a platter of!


Chef du Jour 2012 at Fenns Quay. Paul Axford in the kitchen.

Starter time! Smoked salmon & prawn crêpe, fennel salad with oyster crème.


Chef du Jour 2012 at Fenns Quay. Paul Axford in the kitchen.

An empty plate is a sign of a happy stomach.


Chef du Jour 2012 at Fenns Quay. Paul Axford in the kitchen.

Toulouse and pistachio stuffed chicken with pommes Boulanger. Mine was kindly made without the Toulouse sausage and pig wrapping since I'm allergic to pork/ham/bacon.


Chef du Jour 2012 at Fenns Quay. Paul Axford in the kitchen.

The evening finished sweetly with a raspberry baked Alaska. It had a touch of cassis liquor.


Chef du Jour 2012 at Fenns Quay. Paul Axford in the kitchen.

Again with the empty plate? Crazy! 😉


Fellow judges, Billy Lyons and Margaret UmNumNum Smith, and I agreed that Chef du Jour Paul Axford earned four stars for his menu and execution of the courses. Chef Kate presented an actual framed certificate with glittery stars!

Does this sound like something you’d enjoy? There is still time to reserve your place at the table for next week’s Chef du Jour challenge. Sharing her culinary fanaticism on the second night, Wednesday Mar. 7th, is Sarah Riordan. Check out her blog, YummyNom’s Culinary Adventures. Be sure to request a seat for Chef du Jour when you ring Fenns Quay for a booking. €36 per person per night for the four-course menu. Bookings: 021 4279527. Hash tag: #ChefduJour

Fenn’s Quay
Shears Street, Cork City
Tel: 021 4279527
Chef Kate on Twitter

No 5 Fenns Quay, Cork City

Other posts about Fenns Quay:

Reserve Your Seat for Chef du Jour at Fenns Quay (Feb. 2012)

Kate’s Beetroot Fudge Recipe (Jan. 2012)

Chef du Jour Returns (Jan. 2012)

Chef du Jour at Fenns Quay (Nov. 2011)

An Omelet Named After Me (Oct. 2011)

Lunch at Fenns Quay (Sept. 2008)


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