John Crowe has travelled around the world as a chef, serving gourmet cuisine to presidents, VIPs, and even a former James Bond. But when it came to launching his own business, Carrick Foods, John decided to keep things simple.
Carrick Foods has two signature products: a moist and moreish Stout City loaf, made with buttermilk and dates, and a fresh, velvety dill and lemon cured salmon. Such traditional fare might seem surprising for an award-winning chef with more than 35 years’ gastronomic experience, but take one bite and you’ll appreciate the expertise and craft that goes into every batch.
The Stout City loaf is inspired by the traditional wheaten bread John’s mother and grandmother used to make back home on the family farm in County Tipperary. It’s given a LegenDerry twist with its use of our very own Foyster Stout, and is delicious served with a simple slather of butter and a cup of tea, or some of the cured salmon.
John sources each side of salmon from Donegal Prime Fish, cures it for four days before covering it in dill, and carefully hand carves each slice. “Our motto is ‘Our craft, our hands, your table,” says John. “Food is all about sharing. It brings people together and connects us with the land.”