Noel McMeel: 2018 iBAM! Culinary Arts Awardee


Noel McMeel is an Irish chef who is the executive head chef at Lough Erne Golf Resort and Hotel in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.

Meet and greet with Northern Ireland Chef and 2018 Culinary Arts Awardee, Noel McMeel, as he gives a talk on:Aspiring to be a Chef?  Opportunities Abound for You to be a Successful Chef! Sunday at 2pm in room 109

Noel is a true ambassador for local produce, and has dedicated his entire career to one very simple goal: finding, preparing and serving fresh food in season. For Noel, what we eat has to delight the taste buds, ensnare the senses and nourish body and soul. Since he was a young boy, Noel has been passionate about food which lead him to study Home Economics at school. Since his first attempt at cooking an Orange Cake at his family farm, Noel has travelled all over the world with his profession. Noel McMeel grew up at ‘The Rock’ in Moneyglass near Toomebridge. The youngest of six children, Noel’s father (now retired) was a dairy farmer and stonemason.

After training at Ballymena Technical College, the Northern Ireland Hotel and Catering College (NIHCC) and Belfast Institute Noel landed his first job as an apprentice chef at the Villager, Crossgar. This was followed by a short period with Paul and Jeanne Rankin at Roscoff in Belfast. In 1988, Noel won a scholarship to the United States in Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island and Boston University. This opened doors for Noel to work with some of the most respected chefs in the world, Scholarship from the International Association of Culinary Professionals which allowed him to work alongside theworld famous chef, Jean-Louis Palladin, at the Watergate Hotel, Washington. After returning to Northern Ireland Noel took up position of Head Chef at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Londonderry for six years (where he set up and implemented Investors in People and a National Training Awards). Noel went on to Open Trompets Restaurant, Magherafelt, Co. Derry, which featured in the Michelin AA Guide, Harpers & Queen Restaurant Guide and the John McKenna’s Bridgestone Irish Food Guide. From there Noel took up position of Executive Head Chef at Castle Leslie, Co. Monaghan, with responsibility for Castle and Hunting Lodge cuisine, Castle Leslie food products, Castle Leslie Cookery School.

Throughout his career, Noel has had regular television appearances including the second series of the Great British Menu in spring 2007 and the BBC Two series, Food Poker, in autumn 2007. He also represented Northern Ireland in the 2008 series of the Great British Menu. Closer to home, Noel is a contributor to RTE’s Afternoon Show. The top chef regularly contributes recipes and editorials to leading magazines and publications, including Bon Appétit, America’s Food and Entertainment Guide, as well as Food & Wine and Northern Woman.