Meet the team behind the book

Gareth Smith is the owner of two of Dublin’s best-loved restaurants, ( and Little Mike’s ( He has won numerous awards, from Restaurant of the Year to Food Hero of the Year. He has appeared on Ireland AM (Virgin Media Ireland) and has frequently been featured in the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Business Post and more

Rick Higgins ( is a fourth-generation butcher who runs Higgins Family Butcher in Sutton. Higgins has been featured in the McKennas’ Guides Best in Ireland list every year since 2013 and is independently recommended in Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide. They won a silver medal in the 2019 World Steak Challenge.

Nicola Brady ( is a travel writer who has worked in the industry for over a decade, contributing to publications like Condé Nast Traveler, The Times, CNN and the Evening Standard. She writes regularly for the Irish Independent and is the author of Dublin Like a Local (2021). Nicola once trekked for six hours in the Ugandan rainforest searching for gorillas but still maintains that getting a coherent thought out of a hungry Gaz was the toughest challenge of her life.

Katie Quinn ( is an internationally awarded and recognised food and lifestyle photographer, food stylist, cookbook author and graphic designer who is now based back home in Dublin. Her awards include the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Cookbook Photography. Prior to moving back to Dublin, Katie spent 13 years living in Sydney. She has travelled around the world shooting for various high-profile clients in the food, restaurant, publishing and advertising industries.

John Murray ( is an award-winning portrait photographer trained by Peter Hurley and specialising in headshots and positive self-image education. He has worked with everyone from bank managers to Bond villains and also works with cancer survivors to help them see that beauty still remains after recovery.

Kristin Jensen ( is the founder, publisher and editor at Nine Bean Rows Books, a new boutique Irish publishing house for tastemakers and storytellers. Kristin has over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry as an editor and food writer specialising in cookbooks and recipes and has worked with many of Ireland’s best-known chefs and authors.

Barry Stephens is someone who thinks about food A LOT. He opened 147 Deli (generally considered to be the home of the best sandwiches in Dublin) in 2013. Soon, he's going to be opening Just Chubby's, a food truck that is set to blow your mind (and your waistband).