Sunday 25th August @ 2.00 pm
Sian has a background in education, having qualified as a home economics teacher in her native country Wales before embarking on a teaching career for over 25 years. Just over a decade ago Sian along with her husband Michael designed and built Donegal Manor, Bord Failte 4 Star Guesthouse in Donegal Town. In 2008 after a fun programme on RTE Master’s Apprentice on which she appeared with Derry Clarke and Catherine Fulvio she opened a small but busy cookery school, working from her professional kitchen at the Manor. Sian has appeared on TV 3am, RTE and was a regular food presenter on Highland Radio.
With her background in Home Economics, in 2012, Sian developed an app management system for busy mums and dads, which saved money on food shopping, reduced food waste and planned weekly meals. This app won her team The World’s Best Home Cook App 2012 and they were presented with their award at a ceremony held in The World-Famous Cookery School Institut Paul Bocuse, in Lyon France. The win was made more precious as they were self-funded at this stage and discovered they were competing against companies that had 5 million-dollar investments. The app also won them a place on the first round of FoodX Business Accelerator in New York (The only European Company to win a place) for Food Start-up’s.
Sian continues to teach in the cookery school alongside local chefs with most of her ‘students’ now coming from the day visit and overnight tourism sector. Classes on offer include 45-minute Mini Master Classes, Afternoon Tea Party Cookery Classes and the most popular – The Wild Atlantic Way Supper Cookery Class where the main ingredients are sourced between Killybegs and Ballybofey.
Sian Is very happy Food Festival like Donegal help showcase food at its best she is also more than happy that Home Economics is still taught in schools in Irish school. She believes everyone has the ability to cook delicious home meals, but time is the real barrier to cooking and reducing food and packaging waste. She feels more focus should be placed on food management at all levels and is delighted to be able to use these skills and her passion at the New Tent at the Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2019
Sian is a committee member of the Donegal Food Festival and on the Donegal County Council Tourism Committee
Sian is married to Michael and has three sons, Vincent living in New York, Michael living in Edinburgh and Sion a chef living at home.