Occupation: Head Chef at Fáilte Restaurant

Age: 32

E-Mail address: failterestaurant@ireland.com

Place of Birth: Belfast

Where you live: Clonard

First Job: Commis chef on the Stranmillis Road

What it taught me: That you have to possess a genuine interest in this craft and enjoy walking into the kitchen every day and getting stuck in

Family/Status: Married

Name of spouse and children: Wife Maria, two children, Shona and Jay

Best advice anyone ever gave you: Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself

Best advice you could give someone starting out: Watch and listen and be eager to learn from others. Try to improve every day. Pay attention to the smallest details. If you want to succeed and you have passion and drive that is a good start. After that comes sheer hard work and focus. The pride you feel when you hear positive feedback from customers makes it all worth it

 

Dominic Hanvey hails from the Turf Lodge area of west Belfast. The 32 year old is a former pupil of Holy Trinity Primary School and St Mary’s Grammar School on the Glen Road.

Dominic has a keen interest in sport having played football for Henry Joy McCracken GAC for a number of years and is also a lifelong supporter of Glasgow Celtic FC.

He has worked in a number of well-known restaurants in Belfast since he finished school, during which time he honed his culinary skills under the watchful eyes of several top chefs.

Dominic was central to the planning that went into the opening of Fáilte Restaurant on the Falls Road in April 2010 and has been head chef of the popular restaurant since day one.

During that time Fáilte Restaurant has been recognised on a number of levels. It has been awarded five stars from Belfast City Council for its excellent food safety and hygiene; won the Belfast Business award from Foras na Gaeilge andß has been voted number one restaurant in Belfast by Facebook followers.

Delivering top quality food in a high pressure environment, Dominic and his team have been integral to this west Belfast success story.

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