September 22, 2013

Chef Matt Murphy and The Irish House in New Orleans

Chef Matt Murphy and The Irish House in New Orleans
Chef Matt Murphy, Msgr. Christopher Nalty, David Dawson and Jeff Young.

Matt Murphy – Chef and Man of Faith – at The Irish House in New Orleans

Miraculously healed of a deadly blood disease in 2009, Chef Matt Murphy – originally from Ireland – went on to open The Irish House in New Orleans in 2011. The Irish House is a true Irish gastropub on St. Charles Avenue, right on the outskirts of the historic Irish Channel.

Chef Matt Murphy has quite the resume when it comes to the kitchen. Born in Dublin, he found himself working with food by the age of 14. He grandfather owned a restaurant and his father owned a pastry shop. Chef Matt inherited a love for cooking, and he is really, really good at it as is evidenced by the fact that he won on Food Network’s Chopped in July 2012.

Matt Murphy knows all about fatherhood. The Dublin-born chef has five kids (including quadruplets) and it’s tempting to think maybe some of this multitasking dad perspective found its way into his Irish House. This place has the feel of a pub, but it remains both family-friendly and food-focused. You can take dad by for a pint and some oysters at the bar or for a gourmet meal. And if you’re getting an early start on the day, remember that Irish House serves one of the city’s great morning feasts, a traditional and hearty Irish breakfast heaped with meats and eggs. – WWL’s Unknown Food Critic

The Irish House Isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day

The Irish House is a true Irish gastropub. On their website, “gastropub” is defined as “An Irish public house that specializes in serving high-quality food.” And, indeed, The Irish House does serve high-quality food. During our conversation with Chef Matt, he brought to the table a sampling of dishes from his menu: Shepherd’s Pie topped with melted cheddar cheese, Bangers & Mash with brown onion gravy, Beer Battered Fish & Chips served with housemade tartar sauce and malt vinegar, and Grilled Ginger and Whiskey Glazed Shrimp over mixed greens with local organic vegetables, brown sugar roasted Roma tomatoes and Marie Rose sauce. Needless to say, every dish was impressive.

And being an Irish gastroPUB, of course we had to have a Guinness Stout… or two. 😉

Here are a few of the dishes that we sampled during the Around The Table Food Show:

Bangers and Mash at The Irish House in New Orleans
Fish and Chips at The Irish House
Beer-battered Fish and Chips at The Irish House in New Orleans.
Guinness Stout at The Irish House

Chef Matt Murphy on the Around the Table Food Show

Listen below as Chef Matt recounts his miraculous healing, the love he has for his faith and his family, and his experience at winning last year on Food Network’s Chopped.

“Today, the most important thing to this bona-fide family man and unofficial ambassador of New Orleans, is to live, laugh, cook and always give back.” – from Chef Matt Murphy’s bio on his website.

A Treat that I Want to Add to My Bucket List: The Chef’s Table

One day, I want to have Chef Matt feed me and 3 to 7 of my friends at his table. Check this out from

Experience the ultimate Irish hospitality of Chef Matt Murphy! When you are a guest at his “Chef’s Table”, you can expect to be served the meal of a lifetime. The Chef will select the freshest local ingredients and creatively prepare the meal of a lifetime, catered to the culinary tastes of your party. Over several courses, you will dine at an elegant table, complete with your own personal Guinness and Harp taps, while experiencing all of the excitement that takes place behind the scenes in the kitchen. You will get to eat what no one else gets to eat, see what no one else gets to see, and get the service no one else could begin to expect.

$175 per person
Wine pairing available at an additional charge
Minimum 4 guests, maximum 8 guests
Reservations: 504-595-6755

Sound awesome or what?!

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