Great aromas were coming from Gran Grans Murray’s kitchen, from her treacle bread to her roast pork with crackling with which she would make a fresh Bramley apple sauce, there was a never-ending beautiful smell coming from the stove. It was about then, that Nigel realized, that a career in the kitchen was definitively for him.
Years later, he would meet Magaly in Venice, Italy, while both working in the hospitality industry. They travelled together across the Caribbean and Mediterranean, and they finally settled in Peru, Magaly’s Birthplace, a country rich in history which cuisine is a seamlessly blend of different cultures and ancient Peruvian food creating something utterly unique.
Soon after, they decided to open Peru’s first Irish Pub “Murphy’s” in the Peruvian capital, Lima, offering the locals and ex-pats community the best of Irish food and entertainment. “Murphy’s Irish Pub” turned out to be a great success.
In 2005 they made the decision to come to Ireland with their 3 young kids: Sean, Brendan, and Nicole. Nigel worked as a head chef at the Ardilaun Hotel as well as The Glenlo Abbey Hotel, whilst keeping the dream of having their own business again.
The opportunity came in 2014. Gran Grans Foods was born with the purpose of sharing their culinary journey obtained around the world through the production of tasty handcrafted condiments following traditional and innovative recipes, using only quality fresh ingredients. In May 2021, another big step in the journey of Gran Grans took place, they opened "Gran Grans Foods Pantry" beside the Post Office in Kilcolgan, Co Galway. Where they produced all their range and also showcase their products along with other Local Irish Artisan Produce and Craft while tasting an amazing array of fresh pastries, breads and Organic Peruvian Coffee. Definitively worth the visit and A great addition to the area!!
“Food and Memories have a strong emotional connection when you eat a food deep unconscious memories fly back.”