“I feel privileged to have had the great fortune to enter and win, but it doesn’t stop there; you have the backing of the Roux family and fellow scholars for life. ”
Eugene Callaghan won the Roux Scholarship in 1991 aged 21 and did his stage at Jacques Lameloise at Lameloise in France. He is now Executive Chef, Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa, County Wexford, Ireland.
Eugene is a graduate of The Waterford Institute of Technology and started his career in 1983.
He worked at Roscoff’s in Belfast with Paul Rankin, where he was when he won The Roux Scholarship. Eugene was the first Irish chef to take the title and it was the first time he entered the competition. Following his time there, Eugene ran his own restaurant for three years before joining Kelly's Hotel in 1997.
Since 1997, Eugene has been Chef of La Marine Restaurant. He joined Kelly’s Resort Hotel in 1996 as Head Chef for the opening of La Marine, the resort’s bistro. He now oversees the hotel’s main Beaches Restaurant and its bistro La Marine, as well as afternoon teas and special occasions. The 118 -room hotel is very popular and enjoys a high occupancy rate, and so Eugene and his brigade are often serving hundreds of diners during service.