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Saturday 16 December 2017

"Myself and chef Ciaran Sweeney set up The Culinary Counter last year. We wanted to do something new and completely different.

You just won an amazing competition. How can people get a chance to taste your unique cooking?

"Myself and chef Ciaran Sweeney set up The Culinary Counter last year. We wanted to do something new and completely different.

We've both worked in fine dining restaurants but know they can seem intimidating and stuffy so we've set out to create a relaxed, laidback event with our style of food.

We cook an eight-course meal for €60 and talk customers through it as we cook it.

I'd only ever been in the kitchen before but now I interact with the diners, explaining the techniques and dishes.

They can see everything being made and interact with us, like a cookery demo. It's BYO, the events are ticketed, accommodating 20-30 diners, and they take place in a different venue each time."

To find out about The Culinary Counter's next dates email theculinarycounter@gmial.com where you'll be added to their mailing list. The current menu includes the celeriac dish that saw Mark win the spot to represent the UK and Ireland at the final of the San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year in Milan this June.

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