Ireland is known for many things: rolling green hills, stunning landscapes, ancient castles, endless pubs and bottomless glasses of Guinness. On any given night in Dublin you’ll make new friends while ordering fish and chips or devouring a homemade Shepherd’s Pie in one of the dozens of pubs that line Dublin’s streets. But venture outside the city limits and you might discover a new Ireland – one with the same green hills and endless views that preserves the history and heritage of Ireland’s people and culture, but that also offers a bit of new to go along with the beloved old.

The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt was buzzing with excitement a few weeks ago. The resort, which has only been open three years, was at full capacity the day Gordon Ramsay arrived and it’s no surprise: the man’s got serious skills. Forget the impression you have of the hot-headed chef who entered your living room via “Hell’s Kitchen” screaming about undercooked chicken and lack of teamwork during table service. Ramsay is a passionate perfectionist and it shows in his culinary creations. At the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, the only Gordon Ramsay restaurant in Ireland was getting a makeover, and Ramsay was on property to make sure opening night went off without a hitch.

The original concept of the Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt restaurant was what you would expect from him: a fine dining atmosphere with an eclectic menu, an extensive wine list and white tablecloth seating. It’s exactly the restaurant you’d expect to see at his restaurants in London, New York and Los Angeles. But this is Ireland, and while Ireland can certainly step up to ‘fancy’, it’s roots are steep in casual and comfortable. The Ramsay team said ‘out with the old and in with the old-with-a-new-twist,’ and a redesigned restaurant was formed.

Read more from my article in Huffington Post

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