Martin Shanahan

Award Winning Restaurant Fishy Fishy

RTE’s Today Show

RTE’s Surf n’Turf series

Martin Shanahan is the owner of the award winning Fishy Fishy Restaurant and Café in Kinsale County Cork. A graduate of Rockwell Catering College, Martin spent his early career working in The Butler’s Arms in Waterville and afterwards he became head chef at the popular restaurant Jim Edwards in Kinsale. Following this, he went on to open Kinsale’s first gourmet store with his wife Marie and then Fishy Fishy Restaurant in 2006. Martin’s popular and simple cooking style with fish was born from his time in San Francisco’s prestigious Huntington Hotel, where his love of fish cookery intensified. He also spent time working in Germany. Martin and his team have stuck with an ethos of using and cooking local, fresh, seasonal fish served in an informal context. Martin is a resident chef on the afternoon show RTÉ Today. In 2009 Martin filmed the first of a successful series of television programmes, Martin’s Mad About Fish. This spawned a second series in 2011, Martin’s Still Mad About Fish, both filmed for RTÉ Cork. Martin teamed up with Paul Flynn to feature in the series Surf n’Turf which aired on RTÉ. Martin and Paul embarked on a fantastic trip around Ireland from Cobh in Cork to Glenn Colm Cille in Donegal. They were challenged to create signature dishes for every area they visited, using only the best of local ingredients. Martin created the Surf dish while Paul served up the Turf. They had 24 hours to source local produce before creating their unique dishes. Martin joined Paul Flynn for the second series of Taste of Success and Lidl on RTÉ. The series focuses on food producers who pitch their innovative product idea to be in with a chance to win the all-Ireland competition and for the opportunity to have it stocked in Lidl stores around the country. Martin also has a number of successful cookery books to his name, Irish Seafood Cookery and The Seafood Lover’s Cookbook, both written with Sally McKenna, and in 2011, Martin’s Fishy Fishy Cookbook which quickly became a best-seller. Following the success of the Surf n’Turf series, Martin and Paul’s Surf n’Turf by Martin Shanahan and Paul Flynn was put together to share the recipes of the series. Fishy Fishy has received a Michelin Bib Gourmand award and was voted Best Restaurant of the Year and Best Seafood Restaurant of the Year by the RIA in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as Best Seafood Experience in Ireland in 2013.

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