Riddle me This… Marek Sulg
Up close and personal with Marek Sulg, Head Chef of Powerscourt Hotel, Resort & Spa, County Wicklow Ireland
If you knew then what you know now… would you still do it?
One hundred per cent yes. I love cheffing and kitchen banter, you never ever get bored of it and there’s always something new to learn.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
The best advice I’ve ever had was given to me by my teacher after I finished Cookery College. She told me “if you don’t ask, you will never get.” What she meant was you have to push yourself forward and make sure you never give up.
What was your biggest break?
My biggest break has to be leaving my home country Estonia and coming to Ireland knowing no English and having very little money in my pocket. The rest is history.
What’s the weirdest rumour you’ve ever heard about yourself?
A few years ago I cooked together with Bryan Adams’ personal chef and later on I heard that I was actually his chef and was going to tour with him! Well, that never happened …
Do you consider yourself lucky?
Luck is a funny thing, I believe you have to deserve it to get lucky. Luck has so many different levels, it all depends on your needs.
What’s most important in your life?
Family. I have a beautiful wife and two young girls, and we are all healthy so what more can you ask?
What brands do you admire?
In my professional life, I am really hooked on the Japanese cooking knives, I am surprised we haven’t really discovered them before. From time to time I do enjoy Glendalough gin, which is made in the Glendalough Distillery in Wicklow near Powerscourt – and I even use it in my cooking. Personally, I am a huge fan of the All Saints fashion brand.
Do you have a guilty pleasure – if so what is it?
I love that question! It has to be our pastry kitchen chocolate room and especially anything made out of Valrhona chocolate here at Powerscourt. Good coffee is always well appreciated too.