IN just three weeks’ time, Dylan McGrath, who is one of the industry’s most renowned and celebrated chefs, is set to open the doors to IFEX 2024 where approximately 7,000 visitors are expected to attend.

Taking place at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast from 5th – 7th March, IFEX 2024 will shine a spotlight on the latest industry technologies, innovative ideas and new product launches alongside promoting some of the finest culinary talent that Northern Ireland has to offer.

Born in Dublin and raised in Belfast, Dylan joins a long list of celebrity chefs who have officially opened IFEX in recent years including French chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli and Michelin star chef and restauranteur, Michael Deane.

Dylan’s culinary journey began when he attended Portrush Catering College before going onto Belfast Institute. His ambition led him first to Roscoff, Northern Ireland’s first Michelin-starred restaurant at the time and then on to the esteemed kitchens of Peacock Alley, John Burton Race in the UK and Tom Aikens in Chelsea.

With his talent, Dylan quickly earned himself a Michelin Star at a very young age and in 2010, he opened Rustic Stone, followed by Fade Street Social, Brasserie Sixty6, Taste at Bonsai and Shelbourne Social in Dublin.

Speaking ahead of his visit to IFEX Dylan comments: “I am honoured and delighted to officially open IFEX 2024. It’s a very exciting time for the Northern Ireland foodservice and hospitality industry which has cemented itself as a global leader in terms of excellence. Events like IFEX are vital to celebrate and showcase the immense amount of homegrown talent and award-winning produce that we have right here, on our doorstep.


“I’m particularly excited to see our upcoming chefs in action during the array of Salon Culinaire competitions and have no doubt that we will discover some outstandingly skilled chefs, which is what IFEX is renowned for. 


“Best of luck to everyone taking part in the competitions and I hope that those who are both exhibiting and attending have a great IFEX 2024!”

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