With over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry Tom started his career in Manila where his flare for impressionable presentation of food was born through his vegetable and ice carving training. Prior to returning to Ireland in 1999 Tom spent time in Singapore, the UK and Australia in a variety of 5* hotel kitchens and fine dining restaurants overseeing banqueting kitchens. This gave Tom his extensive knowledge of International fine dining cuisine
Tom a native of Ardagh Co. Limerick has spent over 10 years in Limerick as an Executive Chef arriving at the Strand Hotel in 2007. During the 10 years he has gained much media attention due to his personable nature and understanding of clients forever changing expectations of food offerings, he has had numerous appearances on TV, Radio and in hospitality publications.
Tom Flavin and his culinary team pride in serving the finest quality of Irish and international cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce with all the food traceable and where possible an emphasis on using locally produced products.
Tom is a strong advocate and active supporter of Local Producers, Tom insists on using as much locally sourced produce as possible in all menus at the 4* Limerick Strand Hotel. This passion has gained Tom the accolade of being a Failte Ireland National Food Ambassador for 2016
Their extensive breakfast menu includes: Full Irish breakfast, a continental selection including cold meats and Irish cheese platter along with their own in-house bakery selection making their own breads and muffins daily. In addition they have a multi-award winning ‘The Strand Pantry Range’ including homemade chutneys and jams. In addition their recently added ‘Chef’s Station’ has proven very popular with guests with the chef on-hand to freshly prepare egg dishes including delicious pancakes, omelettes and egg’s Benedict.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES Include
Failte Ireland Food Champion 2016
Georgina Campbell Awards 2014, ‘Business Hotel’ and ‘Hotel Breakfast’ Categories
Tom Flavin awarded Best Chef Limerick at the 2013/14 Irish Restaurant Awards
The River Restaurant at Limerick Strand Hotel, awarded Bord Bia’s Just Ask! Restaurant of the Month for August 2012
One Star AA Rosette 2016
Great Taste Awards 2012 Two Star Gold Awards ‘The Secret Ingredient’ Pear Chutney & Gooseberry Relish Great Taste Awards 2011 Two Double Star Gold Awards ‘The Secret Ingredient’ Caesar Salad Dressing and Homemade Chicken Liver Parfait
National Irish Food Awards 2011 AIB Diversification Award 2011 Silver for ‘The Secret Ingredient’ Caesar Dressing
“Best Barbeque Ribs” in the World BBQ Competition May 2008
Recommended by Georgina Campbell 2011/12
Recommended by Lucinda O Sullivan 2011/12 Recommended by Michelin Guide 2011/12 shortlists in the
RAI Awards 2012 for best Hotel Restaurant and Best Gastro Pub