Tom Doorley is Ireland’s longest-serving restaurant critic, having taken over from Helen Lucy Burke at The Sunday Tribune in 1994. Since then he has reviewed for The Irish Times and currently for the Irish Daily Mail. He has been writing about food and wine, both in Ireland and in the UK, since 1986 and is best known at home as the acerbic resident critic on the reality TV show, The Restaurant, now in its tenth series. He claims to be much nicer in reality and that he once identified the mystery guest chef.
As a student at Trinity College, Dublin, he started his broadcasting career on a pirate radio station, went on to teach history and Latin at one of Ireland’s most unusual schools, has worked in advertising, public relations and consultancy and now lives on a hillside in rural Munster on the border between Cork and Waterford.
He was wine columnist at The Field magazine for a decade during which he was advised by the editor: “Just because our readers own half the county doesn’t mean they aren’t as tight as stuffed owls.” Hence, he didn’t get to write about Puligny-Montrachet very much.
His books include Muck and Merlot (2004, O’Brien Press), Grow and Cook, with his wife Johann (2007, Gill & Macmillan) and Eating for Ireland (2012, Liberties Press). He is an enthusiastic gardener (mainly vegetables), a collector of books and a car enthusiast.
He believes that food should be served on plates or, at least, some form of crockery and writes about such things (and a lot of others) right here.
He admits to spending far too much time on Twitter.