Welcoming our new Head Chef, Valdemar Guerreiro


After two and a half years of closure, the Quality Hotel Youghal will re-open on the 16th of March.  These are exciting times of new beginnings, with many refurbishments and new colleagues joining the team. General Manager, Allen McEnery, is particularly delighted to welcome and introduce their new Head Chef, Valdemar Guerreiro. 

“Chef Valdemar joins the team having spent many years working as a chef between the USA, Mexico, Portugal, Australia, Alaska, Argentina, Finland, the UK, and Central America,” noted Allen. “He brings a lifetime of over 20 years worldwide experience, working both on land, in excellent hotels and interesting restaurants, and at sea on luxury cruise liners.”

ValdamarDuring his career, the Portuguese-born chef has visited several exotic locations, such as Thailand, India, and Japan to improve his skill set and learn new gastronomic tricks of the trade. Chef Valdemar commented. “I feel like an eternal apprentice in the kitchen and continue to acquire new knowledge with every job. I enjoy learning – as well as sharing my knowledge with members of my team.” Valdemar went on to note, “I am passionate about my job and discovering new dishes. In Japan, I learned the craft of sushi-making and even dabbled in preparing the highly toxic pufferfish. Whilst in Asia, I got to grips with the often-complex techniques involved in preparing and blending spices. My international experiences have bought me both personal and professional enrichment of enormous value.”  Chef Valdemar has a vast knowledge of bakery and pastry. During his career, he also taught these skills at the Escola Hoteleira de Faro, enriching and sharing his experiences with the students.

“We hope chef Valdemar will enjoy our culture and working in Ireland and we look forward to sampling his cuisine.” Noted Allen, “Quality food and fresh flavours will be on the menu for our guests this year. I am sure there will be a fusion of international flavours and family favourites, all prepared with the very best locally sourced produce.”




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Previously, a hotel and self-catering resort located on Redbarn's Blue Flag beach in County Cork, the property is now a Care Centre comprising of 3-bedroom homes and 2- bedroom apartments.

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