ROBIN Suter, who passed away on Thursday following an illness, is fondly remembered as a wonderfully creative chef who spent most of his working life in Killarney, establishing a deserved reputation as one of the best in the business.
Originally from Beaconsfield, Bucks in the UK, at a young age he began working with and learning from Fredrick Losel who later acquired the five-star Aghadoe Heights Hotel in Killarney and when Frederick moved to town, Robin came with him.
They worked together in the busy kitchen before Robin eventually became executive chef, creating some masterful dishes that earned him plaudits locally, nationally and internationally.
Robin remained at the helm in the hotel for 21 years before, in 2011, he took his foot off the pedal somewhat and embarked on a new beginning as a freelance culinary and catering consultant.
Killarney businessman Pat Chawke, who was general manager at the Aghadoe Heights for many years, worked with Robin and remembers him as a gifted chef who demonstrated a spark of genius in the kitchen.
“He was absolutely fantastic at his job and he was a real gentleman to deal with. At a time when there would have been a very hostile environment in many kitchens in a very demanding trade, Robin was very even-tempered and he had a very nice way about him,” Pat said.
Robin’s culinary genius was widely renowned and his spectacularly presented Sunday buffets became legendary, with those wanting to savour the experience often having to book weeks in advance.
Pat Chawke said Robin’s Christmas puddings were particularly famous and he insisted on all the kitchen staff giving the mix a stir for luck.
“He used his grandmother’s traditional recipe and there wasn’t a chance he would ever share it with anyone. It was a closely guarded secret,” he said.
Away from the kitchen Robin loved golf and played at every available opportunity and he also was a regular at Killarney Athletic FC games when his sons, James and Keith, were in action as well as at GAA fixtures in Beaufort where he lived.
Aged just 58s, Robin is survived by James and Keith, their mother Ruth, his parents Anne and Tony, brother Hugh, sister-in-law Margot, nieces Amy and Victoria, the Morrissey family, relatives and many friends.
The family has asked for donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to be made to palliative care.
Reposing at O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Killarney on Saturday evening from 6.00pm to 7.30pm, a celebration of Robin’s life will take place on Sunday afternoon at 1.00pm in O’Shea’s Funeral Home and all are welcome. Cremation will take place on Monday at 12 noon in the Island Crematorium, Cork
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