Starting his career at 16 at the Rosapenna Hotel near his hometown of Downings, Co. Donegal, Ciaran honed his culinary skills at college and at Le Champignon Sauvage, a two Michelin starred restaurant in Cheltenham, England where he worked as pastry chef under David Everitt-Matthias.
Subsequently he returned to Ireland and established himself in Dublin working for Kevin Thornton at Thornton’s and then Mikael Viljanen at The Greenhouse. He then worked at the Market Canteen and the Culinary Counter before meeting John and Sandy Wyer, owners of Forest Avenue.
Fast forward to summer 2016, and Forest Avenue has a sister restaurant and wine bar: Forest & Marcy. As head chef, Sweeney leads his team in crafting innovative and mouthwatering dishes, switching up the menu on an almost monthly basis.
Ciaran has now returned home to Donegal with partner, Mary, and daughter, Aoibhinn and is running the kitchen in the Olde Glen Bar Restaurant in Carraigart.
Ciaran has an all-out passion for food which has led him to a heap of accolades and awards. In Forest & Marcy’s first year, the Restaurant Association of Ireland awarded Sweeney Best Chef in Dublin, while the restaurant itself snagged the Best Newcomer and Best Emerging Irish Cuisine accolades. Sweeney was also awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand in August 2018.
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