Executive chef of Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square the native Irish Ciaran John Gantly gained experience working for numerous renowned luxury hotels and has an excellent reputation within the business. After his apprenticeship at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology from 1981 to 1983 and graduation in Professional Cookery he gained his first professional experience at the Irish five-star hotels Ashford Castle and Aghadoe Heights. Afterwards he moved to Germany and Switzerland, where he worked for the four-star hotel Sheraton Arabella Hotel in Munich, the five-star Sheraton Atlantis in Zurich, the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz and other luxury hotels. Later Ciaran worked at the newly opened Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel in Georgia as well as the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow, where he stayed for six years.
In 1994 he returned to Germany for further studies at the college of hotel management Bavaria Altötting to become Master Chef. The next twelve years he spent in his home country working at several four- and five-star hotels. In 2010 Ciaran rejoined Kempinski Hotels at their Slovakian property “Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras” in Strbske Pleso. In 2012 he was appointed executive chef of “Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square” in Vilnius. Ciaran is well known around the world for his culinary experience and his unlimited creativity.
Apart from his work as chef, Ciaran has travelled around the world to advertise traditional Irish cuisine in other countries. He appeared on “The Afternoon Show” on RTE and “The Breakfast Show” on TV3. He is a Member of the Panel of Chefs of Ireland and is in the Who’s Who of Chefs worldwide. He has been featured in the Cookery Book “Chefs of Distinction”. He represented Ireland at the “Chicago Gourmet Festival” in 2007. He has held seminars and cooking presentations at the School of Hospitality Management of Boston University and at the oldest hotel in the U.S., the Omni Parker House Hotel in the heart of Boston.