Chef John-Relihan

John Relihan


Restaurant owner

Style of cooking

Fire and smoke cooking

Currently working at

Holy Smoke

About the chef

Accomplished chef and Irish food champion John Relihan has worked his way up through the restaurant ranks, turning a childhood love of food into a lucrative career through sheer hard work, determination, and a bit of help from his pal Jamie Oliver. After working his way up through Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen, he became Head Chef of Barbecoa, before opening his own barbecue restaurant, Holy Smoke, in Cork in 2016.

The Professionals

Chef’s Irish Beef Club

The Chefs' Irish Beef Club is a global network, exclusively for chefs who are ambassadors for Irish beef. Through high-profile events, the chefs provide positive support and publicity for premium Irish Beef and are invited to Ireland to see the Irish beef production system for themselves.

Irish Beef Club chef
Irish Beef Club chef
Irish Beef Club chef
Irish Beef Club chef
Irish Beef Club chef
Irish Beef Club chef

The Grass Fed Standard from Bord Bia

Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, has introduced a national quality label for grass-fed Irish beef. This so-called Grass Fed Standard provides consumers with reliable information about the origin and living conditions of Irish cattle. The new standard is unique in the world, is strongly based on scientific data and is independently verified.