Joe Shannon Radisson Blu Sligo
TV3’s Ireland Am
Joe Shannon, who works as executive head Chef in the Radisson Blu Sligo, was invited to the Middle East to cater for the 25th Anniversary celebrations of the Irish Society.
However, he soon found himself involved in preparing food for the 6000 guests attending a lavish two day wedding with a budget of £30 million sterling.
He co-ordinated the Irish food along with the Crowne Plaza Chefs. They had to provide hot and cold buffets each evening with an Irish theme, for 300 to 400 people.
As well as the daily activities of the week long festival, Joe was also one of the co-ordinators for the 600 guest gala dinner for the special guest, Conor Murphy, Irish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
While working with the Crowne Plaza Chefs, most of who had never dealt with Irish food before, the Hotel was commissioned to provide food for the royal wedding.
Crown Prince Abdullah’s eldest son was getting married and dignitaries from all over the world joined with the elite of the Middle East to celebrate the occasion.
There were five hotels involved in the catering including the Crown Plaza. Joe was in Saudi Arabia for 12 days. He was one of only two chefs from Europe involved in the event.