Liam Finnegan has been head chef at The Castle Hotel in Taunton since 2012. He grew up in Carlingford, Co Louth in Ireland where he spent his time as a self-professed ‘menace’. So much so that his grandmother put him to work in her kitchen, just to keep a watchful eye. Little did she know that her intervention would grow into Liam's lifelong appreciation for the hard work and graft it takes to cook quality food.
He continued to hone his culinary skills in restaurants such as The Bath Priory, Gidleigh Park (where he worked for Micheal Caines), and The Nuremore Hotel (with Ray McArdle). When asked about awards, Liam says that a full restaurant and happy customers are more important. “Of course, accolades are brilliant, but anything we get, we receive and share as a team.”