About Us

Martin O'Donnell

Executive Head Chef


Martin is a Galway native having trained and worked in many of Galway's and Ireland's top restaurants. The charismatic Galway man qualified from G.M.I.T’s culinary school before cutting his teeth in some of the country’s most prestigious destination restaurants.

In his most recent role as Executive Head Chef of The Twelve Hotel in Barna, Martin led the culinary team for the past 15 years and was instrumental in its many successes. The hotel was a finalist in the 'Best Hotel Restaurant in Ireland', has been awarded two culinary rosettes for creative excellence and was heavily tipped at Michelin star level.

Martin is also a regular guest on Virgin Media’s Ireland AM Breakfast Show. Here you can see him in action preparing some of the finest dishes from Blackrock Cottage. Proud of his roots and with a style of cooking that focuses on local and seasonal produce, Martin describes his style as “traditional dishes with a contemporary twist”.

Mathieu Teulier

General Manager

Mathieu Teulier is from Angers in the Loire Valley in France. He studied culinary and Sommelier for five Years before moving to Ireland once he graduated in 2004.

His first position was in the highly acclaimed Ashford Castle, which is one of the finest hotel properties in the country. After this he returned to France for a further two years working in the Chateau le Prieure in Saumur as Head Sommelier.

He returned to Ireland once again working in the highly acclaimed Twelve Hotel in Barna as Head Waiter and quickly rose to the position of Food and Beverage operations Manager. “My Passion is food and wine and could talk about it all day if we had the time”.