Expectations, emails, excitement: Life with a Michelin star in Ireland

Last week, three restaurants in Cork joined the small club of Irish eateries to have won a Michelin star - and to experience the madness of what comes after, writes Gillian Nelis

Gillian Nelis

Managing Editor @gnelis
7th October, 2018
Damien Grey and Andrew Heron at their Heron and Grey restaurant in Blackrock, Dublin Picture: Fergal Phillips

By now, Andrew Heron and Damien Grey have gotten used to the fact that the first 15 minutes of interaction with customers at their tiny restaurant in Blackrock in south Dublin usually involves some explaining.

“A lot of people still have a set idea of what a Michelin-starred restaurant is – a place with linen tablecloths, a certain type of service and a level of formality,” said Grey.

“Up until we got the star,...

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