Claire’s passion for food was ignited at a young age. At the age of 14 she spent the best of her summer months under the wing of Myrtle Allen, at Ballymaloe House. Claire worked and trained in both Ireland and Atlanta, USA. She started in Cathal Brugha Street with a Higher Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management and a BSC Management Degree from Trinity College Dublin. In the States, she studied Business Management in Georgia State University. She returned to Cork in 1990 to open her business. She is still as dedicated to quality and consistency as she was when she first opened. Claire was delighted to accept an honorary masters in business awarded to her by University College Cork in 2010. Claire is currently on the executive board of the Cork Business Association and a board member of the Cork Opera House.
She was recently delighted to receive the appointment of President of the Cork Business Association for the second time and will remain so until January 2016.