Counting the days to the James Beard House dinner


Counting the days to ‘3 Shades of Green’ Debuts at James Beard House May 29 2014.   “3 Shades of Green” brings together three takes on the Irish food experience spearheaded by my great friend and award-winning Ulster chef, Noel McMeel, executive head chef at Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh; cookbook author Margaret M. Johnson and no one less than Judith the Irish foodie.(

Noel McMeel is recognized as one of the top chefs working in Ireland today, has an impressive worldwide culinary track record, including being named “Best Chef In Ulster” a number of times and authoring “Irish Pantry” (Running Press, 2013). He has spent his entire career dedicated to a very simple goal: finding, preparing, and serving the freshest food in season. Having been chef to royalty and rock stars, his culinary skills were most recently tested in June, 2013, when he oversaw the catering for the G-8 Summit at Lough Erne ( and met the leaders of the world’s eight industrialized nations. This will be his third appearance at the James Beard Foundation.

I will be representing the Shamrock and Peach ( and celebrating my roots from County Armagh, where I learned the techniques of the Scots-Irish culinary tradition.  My Georgia roots will be represented by my signature blending of southern food traditions with Irish techniques and traditions,with a recipe from my cook book “The Shamrock and the Peach” (Ambassador International, 2012).

The author of 10 Irish cookbooks, Margaret has roots in Dublin, Kerry, and Cork, and is a skilled cook and writer who is passionate about Ireland ( As a master of distilling the best of Irish culture into the written word, her books and recipes have given Ireland and Irish food the recognition it richly deserves. Her most recent books, “Flavors of Ireland” (2012) and “Christmas Flavors of Ireland” (2013), are published by Ambassador International.

Together, we are teaming up for a special dinner at the Beard Foundation, the New York-based national professional organization that serves to promote the culinary arts. Housed in Beard’s New York brownstone at 167 West 12th Street in Greenwich Village, the foundation is preserved as a gathering place where members, the public, and press can appreciate the talents of established and emerging chefs.

A true honor!

Judith the Irish foodie


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