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Paula McIntyre

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Paula McIntyre MBE

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Having trained in Culinary Arts at the prestigious Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, USA, Paula McIntyre returned to the UK in 1993 to open her own restaurant in Manchester. A busy and thriving eatery, The Undrie picked up several awards for fine dining including Manchester Evening News newcomer of the year and was featured in several guidebooks and magazines including City Life and Caterer and Hotelkeeper.

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Returning to Northern Ireland in 1998d, Paula worked as Head Chef in several establishments including Ghan House in Carlingford and Fontana in Holywood.

In 2000 Paula appeared as a guest chef on “Ready, Steady, Cook” beating Paul Rankin in her second appearance. She has been a guest chef on BBC Northern Ireland’s television coverage of the Balmoral Show and featured as a chef on the fly on the wall documentary on the catering industry in Northern Ireland, “A La Carte”. In Autumn 2001 Paula was given her own TV series on BBC 2 NI called “Taste for Adventure”. She appeared as a guest chef with Eamonn Holmes on BBC 1 NI’s “Summer Season” programme and was a reporter on food issues for BBC 1 NI’s “Inside Out” programme. She has also been a guest chef twice on RTE 1’s “Afternoon Show”. She regularly contributes to the archive television show “ Those were the days” and provides cooking inserts to the Ulster Scots TV show “Santer”.

A regular contributor to Radio Ulster, Paula was asked to develop her own series. The result “McIntyre Magic” was broadcast on Saturday Mornings and commissioned 3 times. Since 2004 has been hosting the cooking slot on Radio Ulster’s weekly “Saturday Magazine” show with John Toal. She has also presented the whole 2 hour show in John’s absence. She also contributes regularly to BBC NI news, “Talkback”, “ The Book Programme”, “On your Behalf”, and the “Nolan Show”. In 2011 Paula contributed to the New York based morning show “ Carton and Boomer” live from the Bushmills distillery.

Paula lectures in catering on the Professional Cookery programme in Northern Regional College. Students under her tutelage presented a showcase at World Skills London 2011 and have recently won 2 sliver medals at the International Food Exhibition live chefskills in Belfast 2012.

Additionally she specialises in fine dining and catering for a variety of events and was chef for singer Brian Kennedy’s TV series “Kennedy on Song”. Guests on the programme included Lulu, Barry McGuigan, Michael Ball and Maire Brennan.

She is chef ambassador for Golden Cow, a part of the Kerryfoods group and develops recipes for them for various mediums like Belfast Telegraph, Facebook and the Newsletter.

She had a regular cooking column in Sunday Life newspaper for 2 years. Paula contributes to various papers in Northern Ireland including the Irish News, Newsletter and Belfast Telegraph. She writes a regular column and contributes to “Flavour” magazine.

She works closely with Food NI to promote local produce and in the summer of 2012 will link with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to compere and cook at their live kitchen attending events such as the Balmoral Show and country shows.


Paula’s first book “ A Kitchen Year” was published in 2008 by Gill and Macmillan.


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