Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Jordan Bourke is a chef and food writer and has been based in London for almost 10 years, where he lives with his wife Jina.
Having trained at the Ballymaloe Cookery School, Jordan returned to Ballymaloe shortly after completing the course to assist three visiting chefs, including Jean-Pierre Moullé (formerly of Chez Panisse), Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi of Ottolenghi, and the Michelin star chef Skye Gyngell, who subsequently offered him a job at ‘Petersham Nurseries’ restaurant in London, where she was head chef for 10 years.
During Jordan’s years there, he was also working with his sister Jessica (a nutritional therapist based in Dublin), cooking privately for some of her London based clients. Jordan developed naturally healthy, yet indulgent recipes, using alternatives to refined and processed ingredients.
Jordan’s work in this area led to his first cookbook ‘The Guilt Free Gourmet’, which he wrote with Jessica. It went on to be an Amazon best seller worldwide and he has subsequently been commissioned to write his second cookbook, which will be published worldwide in Autumn 2014.
Jordan (via his Korean wife) is also passionate about Korean and Asian food and recently won the ‘K-Food Festival’ search for the best Korean food chef in the UK. He was also awarded an honorary ambassadorship by the Korean Foreign Ministry to promote Korean food in the UK. Having spent a lot of time in Korea learning from the pro's he is now planning a Korean themed pop up restaurant in London.
His work has featured in numerous national and international publications including BBC Good Food, The Times, Vogue, Elle, Hello!, Delicious, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose Kitchen, Food & Travel, Grazia, Image, Homes & Gardens, etc.
He has also contributed to a number of radio and TV shows both in Ireland for RTE and in the UK for BBC1’s ‘Food & Wine show'.
Jordan divides his time between working as a private chef, food writing, food styling and also consulting for restaurants, hotels and food companies.