Gary Burke is from Mahon in Cork City and began his culinary career at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork. He has since worked and trained in kitchens in Kerry, Clare and Wexford, including being Head Chef at Dunbrody House and Cookery School, which won best restaurant in Leinster during his tenure. Twenty years after he started there, he returned to the Rochestown Park as Executive Chef. He has appeared on TV3 and was twice a finalist at the Baileys Euro Young Chef of the Year. His father was cared for in his final days at the Marymount Hospice.