Duration 60 Mins

Gather round the metaphorical dinner table with Bryan Washington, Jess Murphy, Jennie Moran and Louise Kennedy. Discussing their shared passion for making, sharing, writing about, and eating food, this conversation will cater to all tastes. From writing recipes and restaurant reviews, to exploring food in fiction and art-writing, this panel will have you reaching for the fork, or the pen.

Author Biographies

Bryan Washington is a writer from Houston. His fiction and essays have appeared in, among other publications, the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, the BBC, Vulture and the Paris Review. He’s also a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 winner, the recipient of an Ernest J. Gaines Award, a PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize finalist, a National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize finalist, the recipient of an O. Henry Award and the winner of the 2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize.

Jess Murphy is a New Zealand East Coast Wairoa-born chef. She moved to Ireland in 2003 and opened the doors to Kai Restaurant in 2011 with her Carlow-native husband, front-of-house extraordinaire, Dave Murphy. An unstoppable husband and wife team, they have won countless awards since then including the only Michelin Green Star in Ireland, the title of Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Champion, and two prestigious national Irish awards for exceptional hospitality service, to name a few. 
With sustainability at the forefront of their business and with a motto “what’s in season will be on your plate”, Kai works closely with 100’s of local farmers and producers to ensure fresh quality produce at all times of the year.
Jess is immensely proud to be both New Zealander and Irish and loves to bring a combined taste and a cultural experience of New Zealand and Ireland everywhere she goes!

Jennie Moran is an artist who uses the philosophy, culture, and infrastructure of hospitality to create opportunities for shared connection. She started a nomadic hospitality project called Luncheonette in 2013 which operated as the canteen in the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, and was named Irish Café of the year at the 2019 Food and Wine Awards. In 2022 Luncheonette was invited to Artsadmin in London, to take part in a hospitality themed research residency and consultancy project called Say Yes to Who or What Turns Up, using an old café as a site of unconditional welcome. She has just completed a Masters in Gastronomy and Food Studies at TUD and is publishing a book entitled How to Soften Corners about the impact of hospitality in institutions. She provides mentorship in holistic hospitality to creative organisations and lectures at NCAD, and occasionally UCD School of Architecture, Cork Centre for Architectural Education (UCC) and TUD. 


Event Location

The Mick Lally Theatre

Druid Lane,

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