Domini Kemp

Domini trained as a chef at Leith's in London in 1996, before co-writing New Irish Cooking and working in the Michelin-starred Peacock Alley, Dublin.

In 1999, the Kemp sisters opened the first itsa on Abbey Street. There are now four branches of the itsa stores. They also run cafes including itsa @ IMMA and The Gallery Café in the National Gallery of Ireland, plus Table Restaurant in Brown Thomas, Cork. The sisters have expanded into other areas over the years, including outdoor catering and event management (FEAST Catering).

They are resident wedding caterers in Powerscourt House, Co. Wicklow. In 2012 they co-founded, "Hatch & Sons Irish Kitchen" which is located in The Little Museum of Dublin, specializing in casual, Irish artisan fare. Domini was food-writer for The Irish Times Saturday Magazine from 2008-2016. She contributed to "History on a Plate" on RTE Radio 1 with Catherine Cleary and Dr Juliana Adelman.

Over the years she has contributed to many publications and was columnist for both Image and The Dubliner Magazine. She regularly appears on the Today show on RTE, and was a mentor on RTE's "The Taste of Success".  

The sisters won the IMAGE “Businesswoman of the Year” award, November 2009 and were nominated as one of the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, in 2011. They opened a new specialty coffee shop, called "Joe's" in Arnotts in October 2013, which has expanded to three branches, including one in Kildare Village.

After her breast cancer diagnosis in 2013, Domini drastically changed her eating habits and to coincide with this change of direction to low-carb & healthy fat eating, they opened the health, juice and whole foods store “Alchemy Juice Co", recently re-located to Leeson Street.  

Domini's fifth cook-book, "The Ketogenic Kitchen" was released in Spring 2016, co-written by Nutritional Therapist, Patricia Daly. It has recently been released in North America and has been a best-seller both here in Ireland and the US. Domini lives in Dublin with her husband and two children. She makes them eat a lot of kale. 

you can catch Domini when she open's the festival on Thursday 13th at 6pm in The Kitchen Cafe and on Friday 14th at 11am in our demo tent at Fishmarket Square

Paul Cotter

Bad Dog, 16 Seapoint, Barna, Galway