Born in County Cork, award winning Irish Chef and proud member of Eurotoques and JRE Ireland & UK, Rob Krawczyk, grew up in a home in Schull that revolved around the kitchen, influenced by his parent’s strong culinary and artistic heritage. Rob, learnt his skills of curing, smoking and fermenting from his Father Frank which feature throughout his cooking style.
After living away, West Corks’ spectacular rich larder is what has drawn Rob home to his roots, to open up a Restaurant in the heart of this beautiful area with his partner Elaine Fleming.
Restaurant Chestnut is a small intimate 18 seater restaurant set in a character filled former pub in Ballydehob West Cork.
Restaurant Chestnut's menu, inspired by nature, is an ever evolving menu designed around the best of the seasons ingredients. Local herbs, flowers , vegetables, meat and fish are sourced, picked, grown and foraged from West Cork and surrounding countryside. Dishes are presented as close to nature as possible allowing an honest encounter between Chef and Diner.
Restaurant Chestnut opened it's doors on March 30th 2018. On October 1st 2018, Restaurant Chestnut was awarded one Michelin Star for Ireland & GB 2019.
"The Restaurant feels like the work of someone shedding layers of Chef and delving deeper into his own food story" -Catherine Cleary : The Irish Times, September 2018
"However what we experienced was the evolution of the man in his own surrounding, with an excursion through the fields, forests, flora, fauna and oceans of West Cork - all portrayed on a plate in an extraordinarily elegant and delicate progression of exquisite colours, and contrasts of flavour and texture" - Lucinda O'Sullivan, The Sunday Independent, October 2018