Sophie Gilmour

Sophie Gilmour is founder of Bird on a Wire.

Food
Sep 30, 2018

After five weeks in Ireland, I’ve finally learned to love Guinness

Developing a taste for the black stuff isn't the only change brought about by Sophie's stint at Ballymaloe Cookery School. She feels calm and refreshed, and, believe it or not, has even started running.

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Food
Sep 22, 2018

How to butcher a pig on an Irish hangover

Week four is all about forging new friendships at the local pub, hatching feathered friends, and the joys of natural wine.

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Food
Sep 14, 2018

The Irish chef who turns the humble potato into a "life-changing revelation"

Week three introduces a new character, the gregarious Rory, who’s brimming with Irish banter and clever kitchen tips. Just when I thought we couldn’t be any more thrilled with our teachers, …

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Food
Sep 2, 2018

Don’t believe the rumours, Irish food is delicious

Week two at Ballymaloe Cookery School saw Sophie and Camille inspired by another Irish domestic goddess as they continued to cook (and eat) up a storm.

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Food
Aug 23, 2018

How I found food nirvana in the Irish countryside

Food entrepreneur and Dietary Requirements co-host Sophie Gilmour is living her best life at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland. In her inaugural diary, she introduces us to the inimitable Darina Allen, the school's founder, and geeks out on all things food.

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Sep 22, 2017

Taking free range chicken to China: Bird on a Wire hatches in Beijing

With three outlets in Auckland, Bird on a Wire is already a success story. So why did its founders jump on a plane bound for China to open a pop-up restaurant? Sophie Gilmour explains.

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