Críoch Catering is an event catering company based in Arklow, operating in County Wicklow, Dublin, and North Wexford. The company is led by local chef Tadgh Byrne and his small team.
Tadgh completed his Culinary Arts degree in 2008, and since then has obtained an MA in Gastronomy and an advanced certificate in Wine and Spirit studies. He received early chef training in Wicklow’s BrookLodge, Dublin’s Eden and The Clarendon restaurants, and spent a summer in a Two Star Michelin restaurant in Brussels. After that, he spent the next decade travelling and gaining cooking experience, including roles in Galway, Portugal, and seven years in Melbourne, Australia.
Upon returning to Ireland, Tadgh focused on café food and took head chef roles in Dublin’s Two Pups Coffee, Network Café, and the Cake Café. He has always emphasized consistency and using as much Irish produce as possible.
Críoch Catering specialises in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours using local ingredients but can provide any cuisine for your event. They have previously provided catering for weddings, birthdays, retreats, and film crews. Catering staff and equipment hire are also available for larger events.
The food from Críoch Catering is always fresh, natural, and healthy, with a no-fryer-no-freezer policy and everything made from scratch. In summer, they specialise in barbecue food, with an emphasis on salads, vegetarian options, free-range poultry, and fresh fish. In colder months, customers can expect warming stews and roasts with Moroccan, Italian, and Iberian flavours, but made with mostly Wicklow or Irish ingredients.
Tadgh has provided consultancy to many cafes and restaurants, including menu planning, health and safety advice, staff training, and the implementation of policies and procedures. He is also available for private classes, cookery demos, and talks on healthy and ethical eating, and has written articles for a mix of online and print media.
Tadgh also blogs on his website The Feed.