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

Virginie was surounded 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 complicatedshe 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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