Chef Eric Léautey

Eric Léautey is a man in love with gastronomy. He has written culinary books, presented cooking TV shows, taught (for 10 years) at the renowned Culinary LeNôtre Institute, and of course, has cooked in prestigious establishments worldwide. Perhaps somewhat inevitably he has opened his own Michelin awarded restaurant, A Table Chez Eric Léautey, back in his home town of Thiory.

Chef Eric tells us… ‘I have been working with Certified Irish Hereford Prime for at least ten years. I discovered it when I had a restaurant in Marne-la-Vallée. Now that I have this restaurant, I use Hereford a lot more. Especially the prime rib of beef. It is one of the flagship products of my restaurant.’

‘I say it often, I have never had more consistent quality with another beef than the Hereford. Whether it is matured or not, it is always so tender. In all my time we have never had negative feedback about this meat. It always has a beautiful colour too.’

Eric continues… ‘When we roast it, it’s tender, like butter and people are often very surprised. It’s amazing. People have even told me it is candy. I love this meat because it is rich in flavour, and savoury.’


‘I visited Ireland to meet the farmers and see the farms for myself. The quality of care and the love the caretakers have for their animals, was amazing. When we saw the pastures where the animals feed, we could appreciate why the meat was of such quality. There is a respect from the beginning of the chain to the end. I really admired the fact that there were so many different small farms. Everything was so impressive.’

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Tom Barry

Tom Barry’s family farm is Baytown Park, Dunboyne, Co Meath. He is the third generation on the farm taking over from his late father, Thomas Barry in 2008 and keeps Hereford cross suckler cows as well as pedigree Hereford cows. Herefords are such a docile breed and as a part time farmer, with teenagers helping around the farm, it’s important to have a breed that’s easy to look after and handle. Tom’s farm is in the Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) for the past 5 years, where frequently taking soil samples and the completion of a nutrient management plan are required.

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Surveys confirm that customers prefer beef from grass-fed cattle and are willing to pay more for it. With its flavour, tenderness and consistency, Certified Irish Hereford Prime delivers an eating experience that turns any meal into a truly memorable event.