Liss Ard Estate Welcomes Culinary Maestros: Chef Luca Armellino & F&B Director Josinho Mera

Liss Ard Estate, the elegant, Georgian-style mansion situated on 163 acres in the verdant West Cork region known for being the culinary capital of Ireland, today announced the appointment of two esteemed culinary professionals to its signature restaurant – Luca Armellino as Executive Chef and Josinho Mera as Director of Food & Beverage. The two appointments are set to elevate and take the Estate’s culinary and beverage experience to the next level.


“I am thrilled to introduce Luca Armellino and Josinho Mera to Liss Ard Estate,” said Colin Best, Owner, Liss Ard Estate. “Given their vast experience across the globe in a combined six countries, we are confident that both Luca and Josinho will be great assets to our culinary team and help us to continue shining a bright light on the destination’s delicious cuisine and provide our guests with unforgettable dining experiences.”


Chef Luca Armellino is originally from Cagliari, Italy and brings a wealth of international culinary experience to Liss Ard Estate, weaving a global tapestry of flavors and techniques into the property’s culinary narrative. His transformative journey, from the kitchens of Rome to the groundbreaking Noma in Copenhagen and the philosophically rich collaboration with Chef Norbert Niederkofler at St. Hubertus in San Cassiano, and with Chef Thomas Keller’s kitchen at PerSe in New York City, all shaped his commitment to ethics, respect for raw materials, and a dedication to minimizing waste. In his new role, Armellino brings a profound respect for seasonality, biological timing of animals and vegetables, and the art of crafting dishes that harmonize with nature – principles that will resonate in every culinary masterpiece served at Liss Ard Estate.


Josinho Mera, a certified Sommelier by INGAVI, has imprinted an indelible mark in the world of mixology. Previously, Mera served as Head Bartender at Café Concierto Retablo in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and Manager at Discoteca Shangoo in Alcala de Henares, Spain. Mera refined his expertise during his tenure at Pernod Ricard, where he became a prominent figure in the industry, partnering with renowned labels. Now, as Director of Food & Beverage at Liss Ard Estate, Mera aims to lead a team toward service excellence, emphasizing product quality and team professionalism.


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About Liss Ard Estate

Nestled in the verdant West Cork region known for being the culinary capital of Ireland, Liss Ard Estate recently joined the prestigious Relais & Châteaux network and epitomizes the enchantment of the Irish coast. Surrounded by a lush, 163-acre estate, this elegant, Georgian-style mansion is prized for the beauty of its natural surroundings. The recently renovated modern country style guest rooms boast generous natural light and are divided between several buildings: the Manor, Garden House, and Lake House. The award-winning restaurant at Liss Ard Estate, offers a farm-to-table dining experience, while the Wellness Centre sits lakeside and provides deeply healing treatments. The countryside escape is home to the world-known Sky Garden: a giant earth-and-stone crater lined with emerald grass, the work of landscape artist James Turrell, that beckons guests to experience the unique sensation of the earth and sky changing places. With only 26 rooms, including five suites, the intimate retreat makes for a perfect homebase for exploring the untamed landscapes of the Irish coast. Rates starting at €400For more information, visit and follow on social media