Above: JP McMahon and Christophe Dufau.

Galway’s Michelin star Aniar Restaurant will welcome French chef Christophe Dufau into their kitchen on June 15th and 16th, as part of the Chef Swap at Aniar series.

Dufau will run the kitchen alongside Aniar chef-patron JP McMahon over the two days, and a highly creative menu featuring items from the West of Ireland is expected. McMahon will take Defau on a tour of some of the region’s finest local food producers, as well as the Galway Market on Saturday.

Each chef swap features the same menu format – six courses at €65, eight courses for €85 or 10 courses at €110. Previous chefs welcomed have included Ross Lewis of Chapter One, Daniel Burns of Luksus-Tørst in Brooklyn, and Adam Reid from The French, Manchester. Before opening his own restaurant in the French city of Vence, Defau worked at a number of acclaimed restaurants, including three Michelin star La Côte d’Or in Salieu, France.

“As a chef, I get to travel the world but what is important to me is to try to create the taste of local identity wherever I cook,” said Defau. “This being my first time in Ireland, I’m looking forward to cooking your local products and experiencing a new culture. Having lived nine years in Denmark, there is a certain familiarity as I see similarities with other northern countries I have visited.”