Niall Hill (pictured left), executive chef at the The Butlers Pantry,
which recently opened its 10th shop at 5, Castleknock Village in
Dublin, has just returned from Canada, where he was researching
new food trends and gathering recipe ideas for the food-to-go
business, which now employs 100 people in Dublin and Wicklow.
One of the innovations Hill previously introduced to The Butler’s
Pantry is plank cooking, which involves roasting and smoking food
on cedar or oak planks in a closed-top barbecue. It’s a technique he
first saw in Canada, and now that we have the weather for outdoor
grilling, the planks are on sale in all 10 shops, priced €3.95.
You can find Hill’s recipes – including one for a smoked chocolate
brownie cooked by the plank method – at thebutlerspantry.ie.