Declan Horgan, one of the most talented chefs in the culinary scene, is well on his way to becoming a household name in the 2021. The 44 year old Ireland native would begin falling in love with food at an early age, but his career officially began while studying culinary innovation at the DIT School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology in Dublin. By the late 90s into the early 2000s, Declan had become a Chef De Partie at some of Dublin’s most illustrious restaurants such as Michelin-Star Peacock Alley where he began to fine-tune his skillset. Learning about homegrown produce & the perfect menu design not only led him into the Executive Chef at an Irish restaurant in Virginia, but it also led him to the U.S for the first time in his career in 2015.
By 2017, he was working out of his new home of Washington DC, cooking for the capitol’s citizens and even Michelle Obama, who ordered Declan’s renowned fish and chips. Combining his home country’s flavour with his decades of culinary knowledge and careful but passionate approach, He has proven his chops to a number of historic chefs and delighted customers. Guy Fieri praised his performance on his Food Network show Guy’s Grocery Games, and he even drew the rare compliments out of Gordon Ramsey when he appeared on Hell’s Kitchen latest season (S19).
His tenure on the show was nothing short of historic from the minute he walked on set. On top of being the first Irishman contestant in the show’s history, Declan was the first contestant in S19 to receive a perfect five out of five stars on his very first dish. Over the course of countless weeks, fans of the show have seen what talent and genius is behind him, causing his social media channels such as Instagram to increase over 400%. His immense knowledge, clear dedication to his craft, and his "Lead, Follow, or F**K Off" mentality have made him a fan-favourite. Declan also teaches thousands of passionate professional & aspiring amateurs to cook meals full of flavour & heart both in-person and virtually across the world.