Following years in Michelin-star establishments such as L’Ecrivain in Dublin and Arbutus and Tom Aikens in London, Paul returned to his native Wexford and continued to work with some excellent chefs such as Roberto Pons of La Dolce Vita & Alan Foley of The Step House prior to opening La Côte with his wife Edwina in 2014.
Like Paul, Edwina is a trained chef and has years of experience in restaurant management. La Côte is the realisation of their dream to create a modern Irish seafood restaurant to channel their passion for good food and fine local produce; an eatery to showcase Paul’s wonderful skill and natural talent for cooking seafood and Edwina’s flair for front of house.
Food is a passion for Paul and Edwina. Outside La Côte, you will find Paul fishing and them both foraging their way around Wexford. Paul is always experimenting with new flavours and textures in the kitchen and they travel regularly to seek out new dining and food experiences for inspiration.
Paul and Edwina believe that great ingredients create great dishes and are passionate about using local, seasonal produce. Fish at La Côte is always fresh and delivered to the restaurant on the day it is caught. Menus at La Côte change with the seasons and are inspired by what can be sourced locally: freshly caught fish off Wexford’s Kilmore Quay; meat sourced from local farmers; artisan breads baked by Paul; herbs, plants and sea vegetables grown themselves or foraged for locally; edible flowers and herbs grown in the restaurant’s window boxes. It is not uncommon to find Paul fishing for a piece of prized sea bass or mackerel, foraging in Ferrycarrig for some wild garlic or in Curracloe for samphire. Their inspiration comes from what is on their doorstep in Wexford and this is reflected in the menus at La Côte.