Meet the Chef: Dean Butler

Dean Butler is the Executive Head Chef at The Fitzwilliam Belfast. His culinary interest was ignited aged 14, when he spent time helping his chef uncle at private catering events. Dean studied culinary arts in Ballymena and Portrush before moving to London, where he trained in a renowned 5-star hotel before taking on his first head chef position aged 24. His distinctly personal cooking style, which he has developed over 30 years, is an exciting fusion of modern and classic cuisine.

He creates delicately balanced dishes that are hearty and seasonal. The menus are carefully thought out using the finest local produce, lovingly prepared and proudly presented.

Throughout his career, Dean has earned the coveted title of the Institute of Hospitality’s ‘Chef of the Year’ not once, but twice, and his delicious and inventive dishes are not to be missed.