Kate Ryan is a food writer and founder of Flavour.ie dedicated to championing Irish Food through writing and food adventures.

Kate Ryan is a food writer and founder of Flavour.ie dedicated to championing Irish Food through writing and food adventures.

Originally from Bristol in South West England, a city famed for its restaurants and 18th Century covered market, Kate moved to Ireland in 2005 and quickly recognised Cork as Bristol’s gastronomic sister with its exceptional restaurants, famous covered English Market and historic trading links to Bristol for exotic foods, spices and, of course, butter…

Food Writing

Kate writes regularly for The Echo, Irish Examiner, The Opinion Magazine, Irish Foodie Magazine, TheTaste.ie, Headstuff.org and TheJournal.ie. She has been featured in the Irish Examiner, Irish Times, Irish Independent and The Guardian.

Kate was commissioned by A Taste of West Cork Food Festival to author the “Artisan Food Guide” published in June 2017, described as the bible of West Cork Food.

Her blog, The Flavour Files, has been running since 2012 and focuses on great local produce, seasonality, wild and foraged food and craft drinks of all kinds. Her recipes showcase how artisan foods are as at home in our kitchens as they are on a restaurant menu.

Kate is a Member of the Irish Food Writers Guild since 2019. The Irish Food Writers’ Guild was formed in 1990 to promote high professional standards of knowledge and practice among writers about food, nutrition, food history and other allied matters and to assist in the forging of links and networks between professionals in the food industry.

Kate is also a member of Writing.ie in the Emerging Writers category.

Food Adventures

Kate hosts popular experiential food events encouraging people to enjoy great local food together. During the summer, Kate runs the only guided Walking Food Tour of Clonakilty, a multi-award-winning town in West Cork on the Wild Atlantic Way, renowned for its sustainable and innovative approach to producing artisan food. Kate also creates private food and drink tours for groups large and small throughout the year.


Kate is proud to be a judge of many years standing with Blas na hEireann and the Irish Quality Food Awards. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Irish Food Culture and a Post Graduate Certificate in Creative Food Writing from University College Cork.

Kate is a Member of Network Ireland and was a regional finalist for the West Cork branch in the Small SME Owner Category for Businesswoman of the Year 2019.

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