Sector: food & drink
From a very young age, one of Neven's favourite pastimes was to shadow his mother in the kitchen, watching her cook; his pastime soon became his passion, as he began experimenting with ingredients in the home kitchen at the tender age of 10.
In 1992 he enrolled in Fermanagh College, Enniskillen to study catering, where he received the prestigious Student of the Year Award.
Even then, his vision was clear - to share his love and passion for food with as many people as possible.
In 2001, Neven took over the family business, and turned a local restaurant into a national phenomenon.
Located in the rural village of Blacklion in Co.
Cavan, MacNean House and Restaurant has become one of the most talked about and frequented restaurants in the country.
Prior to this, Neven trained in some of the highest profile restaurants in the world including Roscoff, Belfast (Michelin Star winner), Grand Hotel Berlin (Michelin Star winner), The Lea Linster Luxembourg (where he cooked for Lady Diana and Tony Blair) and Arzak, San Sebastian.
While not overtly commercial in his approach, Neven has become a household name, and has succeeded in appealing as much to a 30 year old as to a 60 year old.
His recently acclaimed TV show and launch of his seventh cookbook is testament to his appeal.
Mac Nean House and Restaurant is experiencing a steady 30% business growth year on year.
Such is the draw, that table reservations are booked six months in advance!
MacNean House and Restaurant remains the anchor business for Neven Maguire; however his TV shows, many cookbooks and DVD's allow him to interact with a national and global audience.
The MacNean House and Restaurant Experience is such that customers come from all corners of the country.
Neven has had the pleasure of serving high profile people such as Mary Mc Aleese, Gay Byrne and Mary Kennedy.