Yes I’m still here, it’s been a tough 6 months personally but we have had fantastic success professionally! We won “Best Casual Dining in Ireland” at the Irish Restaurant Awards last week. To say we were shocked is an understatement, we nearly fell off the chair, it was a fantastic achievment for us as were up against tough competition like Avoca, Le Bon Crubeen, No 27 etc so we really didn’t expect it. We have had such a great reaction from our customers and they are so delighted and proud, it’s like they won but that’s the sort of place La Cucina is, it’s as much about the people as it is about the food.

I’ve started cooking again and made a fantastic rocket pesto with fresh rocket from my garden the other night so stay tuned for the recipe.