Great Southern Killarney

Meet the Team - Rory Gabriel, Executive Head Chef

Rory Gabriel’s culinary career began in his native Sri Lanka where he qualified in culinary arts.  On completion of his studies Rory moved to Bahrain where he furthered his experience.  He then returned to Sri Lanka where he took up the position of Demi Chef de Partie in Mt. Lavinia Hotel, one of the finest 4 star hotels in Sri Lanka. Looking to gain more skill and knowledge Rory moved to the United Arab Emirates in 1996 to take up a position with Crowne Plaza before moving to the Al Ain Palace Hotel. There Rory quickly moved up the up the ranks to Sous Chef and eventually Executive Head Chef. Rory spent over 5 years overseeing the many dining outlets within the hotel which served an array of Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and French cuisine.

In 2006 Rory made the move to Ireland. Here he combined his flair for world cuisine with sourcing the best of local produce to create a fusion of Irish & International cuisine. Rory’s first position in Ireland was Senior Sous Chef with Hotel Kilkenny before moving on to the position of Executive Head Chef in Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa in Roscommon in 2008. At Kilronan Castle, in addition to operating large scale events, Rory and his team achieved a second AA Rosette in the hotel’s Douglas Hyde Restaurant.  Thereafter Rory spent four years working at the Hodson Bay and Sheraton Athlone as Executive Head Chef, each busy wedding and conference properties with regular banquets for up to 500 people.

In July 2016 Rory took up the position of Executive Head Chef at The Great Southern Killarney.  With his wealth of knowledge and skill Rory leads the kitchen equip with passion and determination.  Rory is highly respected for the fine work that he does at The Great Southern Killarney, seamlessly managing to balance the array of dining operations at the hotel from creating a fine dining experience in the beautiful Victorian surrounds of The Garden Room, operating the daily dining options in the lively bar, Afternoon Tea & the host of private dining events that take place in the hotel’s Victorian dining venues.  In addition to the daily operations of the hotel, Rory exercises his inspiring management skills and ability at The Great Southern Killarney’s extensive Event Centre which regularly hosts prestigious events for up to 900 delegates and luxury wedding celebrations. Rory enjoys meeting clients to discuss their menu preferences and through Rory’s natural calm, coupled with his clear passion for his art, he quickly establishes rapport and trust.  

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