Pádraic Óg Gallagher, managing director of Gallagher’s Boxty House and Poyo! is a chef, restaurateur and craft brewer at Jack Smyth Stouts & Ales.
He is a published author having co-written papers on the Potato in Irish Cuisine and Culture and history of Corned Beef in Ireland.
He is an Irish Food Champion, works with Fáilte Ireland and Bord Bia and was awarded Local Food Hero at the Irish Restaurant Awards.
Q 1- How does your normal day begin?
I am usually up about 6/6:30 with a pot of fresh hot lemon and mint tea while going over previous day sales, emails and modifying my to do list. This is followed by a 6-9km power walk depending on my time constraint. Two double expresso’s and 20g dark chocolate and I’m ready for the day.
Q 2- What are your biggest daily challenges?
As of March 2020, it has been coming to terms with having your business shut and disruption of income. It takes a lot of will power to keep the demons at bay and remind yourself that this will pass. To lead you need to show determination and commitment to yourself and your colleagues.
Q3- What do you love most about your job?
Food and people. I absolutely love the buzz of the banter with happy guests.
Q 4- What do you do to relax?
I read. I cook. I learn. A movie or series on TV with a sip of good whiskey, heaven.
Q 5-Favourite staycation destination in Ireland and why?
The north-west, it’s rugged, wild, a lot of it undiscovered. Take my native county, Leitrim, an unpolished Jewel. An unexplored treasure. I guess it’s a lot like Boxty.
Q 6-Favourite holiday destination worldwide?
For holidays it has to be the US. It has everything as long as you got the Do Re Mi.
Q 7-Favourite Business motto?
Failure can be a great learning curve.
Q 8. Advice for young business entrepreneurs
Life is like a sailboat on the ocean, sometimes you will have the wind in your sails, other times you have to baton down the hatches but if you know where you want to get to, with a good compass (and a little luck) you will reach your destination.