Wednesday 23 October 2019

Jimmy's rissoles going nationwide

Rissole Man Jimmy Barry
Rissole Man Jimmy Barry

David Tucker

JIMMY Barry's rissoles are going nationwide on Wednesday as the television documentary series 'Local Heroes' features members of the Wexford Food Family.

The Wexford rissole is already a local delicacy and now Jimmy hopes his exposure on television will create demand nationally for his own products and those of his extended food family.

RTÉ has been busy filming members of the Wexford Food Family over the past few weeks, focusing on the group that has come together to establish its brand in the hope that it can achieve more success as a group than its members would individually.

All the producers are working to sustain and create jobs, and most are family-run operations.

Jimmy, who says he's now known as Jimmy Rissoles, is typical of the new breed of entreneurs who are members of the Wexford Food Family. He was made redundant from his job as deli manager of a local supermarket in 2007. With no sign of a job, Jimmy took the initiative and trained as a chef with Fáilte Ireland. But even after this he was finding it difficult to make ends meet, so struck out on his own making rissoles.

From humble beginnings, he is now working out of Mooney's on the Quay and selling between 3,000 and 4,000 rissoles a week.

Other members of the Wexford Food Family in the programme include Wexford Preserves, Killowen Yoghurts, Atlantis Seafoods, Wexford Creamery and La Cuisine.

'I would encourage anyone to get out there, it's a chance for everybody,' said Jimmy. 'The Wexford Food Family is showcasing the best of Wexford fare under the same branding,' he said.

'We give lots of help and support to each other. We are the family that help people.'

A few weeks ago, the Wexford Food Family held a very successful Feast of Wexford event on the Quays, with the community showing huge support for the producers.

Asked what was the source of his success, Jimmy said 'hard work' – although his secret recipe for his rissoles has to have something to do with it. 'The ingredients are potatoes, onions, breadcrumbs and herbs... I can't tell you what the secret ingredient is!' he said.

'I get the family to help. My wife Anne and my stepdaughter Natalie help and on occasion my sister Theresa pops in if she's passing the door,' he said.

The programme, presented by Joe Duffy, goes out at 8.30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22.

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