Ross studied Dairy Science in his home county of Cork, Ireland and it was whilst travelling on a student visa that he took a job working at longstanding bar-restaurant Dorrian's in New York City. Here, he began to realise that a future in the kitchen may be for him, and he moved to London to learn the trade.
Working in Odin's, under Peter Langan, and in Le Chat Botte in Geneva, Ross returned to Ireland in 1990 and three years later opened Chapter One in Dublin. Showcasing classic Irish ingredients, Chapter One held a Michelin star from 2007 until 2021 when Lewis stepped down from his role. It was voted best restaurant in Ireland eight times and won Food and Wine Magazine's Best Chef of the Year four times.
An advocate of Irish cookery, in 2015 he wrote a Chapter One: An Irish Food Story and went on to open Osteria Lucio with fellow Michelin-Starred chef, the Italian Luciano Tona. Both with a passion for terroir, Oster Lucio aims to bring the best of Irish and Italian cooking to Dublin.
Already bestowed many accolades, in 2021 Lewis was awarded the inaugural Michelin Mentor Chef Award for Great Britain and Ireland to recognise his contribution to the industry and his nurturing of talent within it.
In 2011, Ross was head chef of the state banquet celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Ireland and we think there's no one better to join our adventure as we explore the roads, sights and flavours of County Kerry during our LeBlanq Ireland event.
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