There are some exceptional talents that have made Donegal their home over the years – one of which is Michelin trained Chef, Santosh Pariyar. Having worked in some of the best restaurants in the world – Gaggan in Thailand, Faviken in Sweden, Benares & Cinnamon Club in London and Marcus Waring also in London – Santosh will host his first ‘Tine’ pop up dining event in Donegal at the end of this month.
How did a man from the foothills of the Himalayas end up in the Derryveagh mountains in the furthest North Western corner of Ireland, you might ask? This is a story of romance of course. While on his quest for culinary excellence, new flavors and creative ideas to infuse with his cooking, Santosh met Donegal native Niamh on the Indian Island of Goa. The two enjoyed a number of years of traveling the world together before deciding to come back to Donegal eight years ago.
Since moving to Donegal, Santosh has developed a special connection with the land, spending the last number of years learning about and working with the wild edible plants of the area, and creating relationships with the local fishermen, hunters and producers. He has a keen sense of flavor and a great love for open fire cooking, giving rise to the name ‘Tine’ – meaning fire in Irish. Santosh describes one of his key ingredients as time. The time spent preserving, pickling and fermenting is an essential part of any plate that Santosh prepares in order to create the most stunning hyper local dishes. Minimal waste is also an important element of any ‘Tine’ event. This is not a concept that Santosh had to learn – nothing was ever wasted at home in Nepal whilst growing up thanks to his mother’s kitchen savvy.
The first ‘Tine’ event will take place in Corcreggan Mill on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th Aug 2022. Santosh will present a tantalizing 6 course tasting menu, with all ingredients being hand foraged or sourced within a 20km radius of his home. The food will be hyper local with an influence of spices from the east and an add on option of perfectly paired biodynamic and organic wines from James Nicholson Wines.
Tickets for the event are available through https://buy.stripe.com/9AQ3dKanfeghcJG7sv
Limited accommodation available at https://www.corcreggan.com/