Today I’m joined by Aoife Noonan. Aoife is an award winning pastry chef from Dublin, with a history as Head Pastry Chef and Executive Pastry Chef positions in some of the best restaurants in the country.
She has also worked as a culinary consultant and brand ambassador for major global brands, with her most recent tenure as a weekly columnist for the Irish Times Saturday magazine. Aoife’s recipes have long been favourites in our house and I was delighted to have her as a guest. So I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay us.
Our chat kicked off with Aoife telling me about how she got into the world of pastry creations (02:57), discussing the science and art behind baking (05:11), our mutual love of dark chocolate (07:23) and the ultimate recipe from Aoife, a baked vanilla cheesecake (09:13). We then talked about Aoife’s weekly column in the Irish Times magazine and I wanted to know how she comes up with recipes every week (11:10), before asking where her inspirations come from as a chef (15:18), who her heroes are (16:55), and using baking as therapy (18:25). As we passed the halfway mark, we chatted about Irish recipes (20:41), the idea of a red line between cooking and baking (21:49), and what Aoife creates but doesn’t personally like to eat (22:56). We finished up with discussing Aoife’s current projects (28:05) and what she is reading, listening to and watching at the moment (29:04).
- Aoife’s website
- Aoife on Instagram
- Taste of Dublin website
- For more, hear my conversation with Eimear Ní Bhraonáin and Moe Dunford.