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Paula McIntyre MBE

Paula has been a judge on Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards for 3 years and contributes to the Food Programme. She is a regular panelist on the “Kitchen Cabinet” – a Radio 4 programme hosted by Jay Rayner. She writes a weekly column in Farming Life. She regularly blogs for the Borough Market, in London, website and does demonstrations at the market. Paula works closely with Food NI to promote local produce both here and abroad. She has showcased food from NI twice in the House of Commons and twice in the European Parliament. In 2015 she won the Farming Life/Danske Bank Farming Champion Award and is the 2017 Restaurant Association of Ireland Food Hero for Ulster.

Having trained in Culinary Arts at the prestigious Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, USA, Paula McIntyre returned to the UK in 1993 to open her own restaurant in Manchester. A busy and thriving eatery, The Undrie picked up several awards for fine dining including Manchester Evening News newcomer of the year and was featured in several guidebooks and magazines including City Life and Caterer and Hotelkeeper.

In 2000 Paula appeared as a guest chef on “Ready, Steady, Cook” beating Paul Rankin in her second appearance. She has been a guest chef on BBC Northern Ireland’s television coverage of the Balmoral Show and featured as a chef on the fly on the wall documentary on the catering industry in Northern Ireland, “A La Carte”. In Autumn 2001 Paula was given her own TV series on BBC 2 NI called “Taste for Adventure”. She appeared as a guest chef with Eamonn Holmes on BBC 1 NI’s “Summer Season” programme and was a reporter on food issues for BBC 1 NI’s “Inside Out” programme.  She has also been a guest chef twice on RTE 1’s “Afternoon Show”. She regularly contributes to the archive television show “ Those were the days” and provides cooking inserts to the Ulster Scots TV show “Santer”.

A regular contributor to Radio Ulster, Paula was asked to develop her own series. The result “McIntyre Magic” was broadcast on Saturday Mornings and commissioned 3 times. Since 2004 has been hosting the cooking slot on Radio Ulster’s weekly “Saturday Magazine” show with John Toal. She also contributes regularly to BBC NI news, “Talkback”, “The Book Programme”, “On your Behalf”, and the “Nolan Show”. In 2011 Paula contributed to the New York based morning show “ Carton and Boomer” live from the Bushmills distillery.

Paula lectures in catering on the Professional Cookery programme in Northern Regional College. Additionally she specialises in fine dining and catering for a variety of events and was chef for singer Brian Kennedy’s TV series “Kennedy on Song”. Guests on the programme included Lulu, Barry McGuigan, Michael Ball and Maire Brennan. Paula contributes to various papers in Northern Ireland including the Irish News, Newsletter and Belfast Telegraph.

In 2014 she was chosen to represent the UK in the Terra Madre kitchen at the Salone del Gusto festival in Turin. In November 2015 she took over as Director of Slow Food NI, an international charity. She is a member of the Craft Guild of Chefs, and the Irish Food Writers Guild, and won the 2015 Farming Life Farming Champion award. Paula has recently been awarded an MBE.  

Paula’s first book “ A Kitchen Year” was published in 2008 by Gill and Macmillan. Her latest book “Down to Earth” was published in 2015.