Food & Wine

Beginner’s Luck

He’s one of Ireland’s best-loved chefs, and now Neven Maguire is taking cooking back to basics, writes Brenda McCormick

Neven Maguire: the chef’s new book is perfect for beginners. Picture: Fran Veale

Neven Maguire has served up more than his fair share of sophisticated, elegant dishes in MacNean House, his restaurant in Blacklion, Co Cavan. Yet those who seek him out for advice are generally looking for information on far simpler things.

“Two of the questions I’m asked most often are how to cook the perfect steak and how to chop an onion,” he says. “Once people get the basics right, then a recipe is a guideline. ...