Our Story

Star Anise was established in May 2002 by Virginie Sarrazin, originally from Lyon/France.

Virginie was surrounded by good food from a very early age, with a Chef for a father and a Wine expert as a mother, and she grew up in a region known as the Gastronomic  Capital of France…

In 1996, she moved to Cork after finishing a Catering Management Diploma…

What she thought was only going to be a short visit, ended up being a home from home…

 

Head Chef Carolyn Buckley, originally from Millstreet,  qualified from CIT in 1998.  

She first started learning her trade in the kitchens of the famous Arbutus Lodge in Montenotte, and Lovettes in Douglas, before taking off to France in 1999.

She spent the next decade perfecting her craft in Parisian kitchens where she learned that Flavours should be celebrated, and not complicated…

She returned to Cork in 2009, and joined Star Anise Team as Head Chef in June 2012…

Carolyn is inspired by simple honest food and works on offering maximum taste and quality of local ingredients.

 

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