Prannie Rhatigan is a medical doctor with a lifetime experience of harvesting, cooking and gardening organically with sea vegetables. Born and raised in the North West of Ireland where she still lives, she has a lifelong interest in the connections between food and health.
She holds a BA Honours degree in psychology ( NUI Galway), a medical degree, (NUI Cork) and is a qualified General Practitioner.
She has worked on the National Cardiovascular Strategy programme and represented the Irish College of General Practitioners on the National Steering Group for the im-plementation of “Smoke Free at Work” in Ireland. She was a tutor with the ICGP for many years, training GPs in the skill of Brief Intervention and Motivational Inter-viewing. An experienced GP she now works mainly in Public Health.
Hailed as “Ireland’s leading seaweed expert” in Food and Wine in June 2012 she has represented Ireland’s finest food abroad on many occasions and has given workshops and lectures on sea vegetables and cooking. She delivered the President’s address to the PSA (Phycological Society of America, Seattle) in 2011 and facilitated a workshop on seaweed cooking with seaweed researchers in the USA. She shared her knowledge and gave a seaweed cookery demo at the Nordic Food Lab in Denmark when it was the research arm of Noma restaurant. She has been featured on many TV and radio programmes both nationally and abroad.
The “Irish Seaweed Kitchen” published in November 2009 is her first cookbook and has become the ultimate bible for cooking with sea vegetables. The book won a Gourmand Award Ireland for Best First Cookbook 2009. In May 2012 she was awarded Special Acknowledgement for her Outstanding Contribution to Irish Food by Euro-Toques 2012. She is currently working on a second book which will feature seaweed recipes from the Wild Atlantic Way.
In 2014 she showcased Irish seaweed products at the International Society for Ap-plied Phycology, Sydney, Australia and also delivered a lecture and workshop on Vancouver Island, Canada.
She published a pocket laminated Guide to Edible Seaweeds in summer 2014 which contains QR codes for each seaweed and has been described as” like having Prannie on the shore with me.”
In summer 2015 she demonstrated cooking with seaweeds at the 2nd International Summer School, University of Cadiz, Spain in addition to leading walks at the grow-ing number of Seaweed Festivals in Ireland. She was guest speaker and had her reci-pes featured at the 3rd Roots International Conference, Ohio in Autumn 2015. She has featured Irish seaweed in demos at the Sustainable Edibles hub of Food Matters Live in London 2014 and again in 2015.
Her most recent personal work includes exploring the links between genetics, the en-vironment and the benefits of live foods on enhancing health and well-being.
She lives with her husband and daughters on the idyllic coastline of Streedagh, Co Sligo, Ireland.