Tucked away in the Award-Winning Formal Gardens of The Radnor Hotel, sits Executive Chef Michael Luongo’s thriving Glenmorgan herb garden. Over twelve different herbs grow in the gardens including Sweet Basil, Curly Parsley, Sage, Thai Basil, Rosemary, Cilantro and Mint.
“These plants will produce well into October” says Executive Chef Michael Luongo, who goes out to check on the herbs several times per week. In addition to the herbs, tomatoes have been planted as well. “This is a very modest beginning, but as we become confident in our abilities I expect to grow this into a vegetable garden as well.”
Of the herbs, mint is one of Chef Luongo’s favorite to use. “I love the powerful aroma that fresh mint brings to the kitchen. The peppery mouth feel and clean grassy finish that mint provides in sauces, vinaigrettes and salads are wonderful and shouts to the senses that summer is here” says Chef Luongo. A signature dish of Chef Michael’s is his Mint Watermelon Chutney. “This sauce goes great with lamb and a touch of bourbon.”