The immature Limerick businessman behind Country Munch has found that holding a step behind from a chaotic scheduling of his abounding food business and assisting out on a family plantation is something he has grown to conclude some-more and more.
“We were always dairy when we was flourishing up. we remember station in a milking parlour, morning and evening, as my father and mom milked. Also tasting a tawny divert from a bulk tank is a lustful memory,” pronounced Eoin Sheehan.
“About 10 years ago we altered to beef only, as it is usually a part-time contention for my father. The plantation is comparatively tiny in comparison to some complicated day operations out in Pallaskenry, west Limerick. we would like to consider we always helped out, yet my father competence contend otherwise.
Being a bigger lad, my strength and distance would be put to use fencing, relocating cattle or anything complicated to be moved. Having 3 comparison brothers meant we was never a initial called to action.
“Nowadays, we can assure we I’m a many valued item to a plantation when I’m sent in to make cooking for anyone out on a farm, when my mom is divided of course.”
60-80 dishes a week
Secondary propagandize was Colaiste Mhuire, Askeaton, Co. Limerick.
“From there we went on to investigate chemical and biochemical engineering in a University of Limerick. Admittedly, we knew early on that it wasn’t for me. we was always unequivocally outgoing, assured and a large people person.
“Engineering – even yet we was utterly good during it – didn’t blemish that itch. we finished with a bachelor’s grade after 4 years yet was already self-employed withdrawal and never followed it,” Eoin said.
“During initial year in college we began to prepare for myself. Having a complicated seductiveness in competition and a gym, nourishment and food came hand-in-hand with swell and results.
“I enjoyed cooking and saved income by pre-preparing my dishes for a week and schooled some-more and some-more about a culinary humanities myself online.
“A crony contacted me one week seeking if we would prep his dishes as he worked change work and we saw an event to make some indispensable money for a Thursday nights out in college,” he said.
People fast began to conclude his cooking skills.
Word widespread and some-more people got in hit for meals. 10 became 15, 15 became 30 etc. until we was cooking 60-80 dishes a week in my mother’s kitchen in Pallaskenry before college in third year.
“I was doing a series of open vocalization events on nourishment and cooking per month and all usually grew organically,” pronounced a Limerick entrepreneur.
Played to strengths
“By fourth year, Country Munch Ltd. was set up, a prolongation kitchen built in Ballysimon, Limerick, and dishes being baked each week with several catering contracts.
“I desired all concerned with a business. It played to all my strengths and was distant some-more sparkling than a engineering exams we was study for during a same time,” pronounced Eoin.
In a space of dual years we grew exponentially, securing contracts with Limerick GAA squads; Munster Rugby Academy; Women’s Senior Munster Squad; Kildare Senior football; and several inter-county teams for pre-prepared dishes for players.
“We stocked food in 5 or 6 stores and gyms around Munster and ran an online smoothness use to homes in Limerick. Turnover grew into a six-figure operation and some-more employees were brought onboard to promote growth,” he said.
“My possess code as ‘chef Eoin Sheehan’ grew alongside a business, opening doors in Virgin Media as a TV prepare on a Six O Clock Show. There were also amicable media publicity deals with food companies around Ireland. we was conduct prepare in a cookery propagandize and giving corporate cooking demonstrations around a country.
“Prior to Covid, dual full-time chefs ran a kitchen and dual part-time employees rubbed a logistics and behind finish work. Unfortunately, Covid did have an outcome on business and many were temporarily put on Covid leave yet a doors remained open and we are operative to build behind adult once again.
“My possess side of things got most busier on a contrary, with TV apropos tighten to weekly appearances and corporate demonstrations achieved probably on a inhabitant level. We are constantly training to adjust and adjust to a stream climate,” pronounced Eoin.
“Our business have always been unequivocally loyal, and conclude a mutation and peculiarity of a ingredients. Our code is simple, wholesome, home-cooked dishes – normal dishes we would have seen flourishing adult on a plantation such as spaghetti bolognese and shepherd’s pies,” he said.
There has been a change newly with a pull toward eco consciousness, heading to us operative on changing wrapping to accommodate these new final on a marketplace. The food attention is a tough and parsimonious industry. Every dish counts, and we have been sanctified to build a code and patron bottom that we are unequivocally unapproachable of and unequivocally appreciate. Onward and upward.
‘Fresh atmosphere and calm of a panorama is priceless’
Eoin doesn’t get as most time on a plantation as he would like as he commutes utterly a bit between Limerick and Dublin, and with events, demos and all else he has a palm in, he usually gets home to a plantation on a weekends properly.
“Not to fear however, any work that I’m indispensable for will not be missed – rain, accost or object I’ll be pulled out to hoop it with dad. My possess life can mostly run during 100mph, sophistry 3 or 4 projects and operative 16-17 hour days.
“Being home in a uninformed atmosphere and calm of a panorama is precious and we find it re-centres me. we unequivocally conclude it. There’s also a series of mud bikes and motorbikes that we competence hear ripping by a fields after we’ve dripping adult a assent and quiet,” he said.
“Every September, we used to buy 20 turkey chicks to fatten and kill for Christmas, offered around my amicable media. I’ve been too bustling in new years yet it is something we will lapse to again soon, hopefully branch a palm to some beef tillage too during some theatre and interlinking it with my possess career in some fashion. I’ll figure it out,” he said. Watch this space.
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