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Good Food Ireland Best of the Decade Awards (2006 - 2016) Celebrated at touRRoir16 Dublin
 
These will recognise the unique individuality of Good Food Ireland Members over the last decade. They are the ultimate food heroes, who have collaborated, volunteered and pushed the boundaries forward into the future, joining a pioneering food movement that would become a significant instigator and pathway for the development of Ireland’s food tourism scene. The Best of the Decade Awards are about looking back and acknowledging those who have gone the extra mile and whose efforts have impacted change, but they are also about looking forward and taking a glimpse into the future.
 
The Judging Panel
 
The awards are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and specialists across the food, travel, tourism and agricultural industries. They bring a wealth of experience to the judging panel and their enthusiasm will ensure that winners are truly outstanding and worthy of a Best of the Decade Award.
 
Award Categories
 
FOOD CHAMPION – Sponsored by Úduarás na Gealtachta
 
This award honours a person who has worked to drive and influence the Irish food scene within the last ten years.  A passionate and committed individual,  who through their work in growing, farming, producing or cooking with Irish food, has also made an outstanding contribution to  raising the profile of Ireland as a  top quality destination for discerning food lovers.
 
Finalists:
Evan Doyle, BrookLodge & Wells Spa
JP McMahon, Aniar
Birgitta Hedin-Curtin, Burren Smokehouse
Howard Hastings, OBE, Hastings Hotels
Dermot Walsh,Walsh’s Bakehouse
 
Winner:
 
INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADOR OF THE DECADE – Sponsored by EPIC Ireland
 
The Ambassador of the Decade Award highlights an individual or group who has  joined Good Food Ireland in promoting Irish food and drink at home and abroad. This award highlights efforts which have gone beyond the call of duty, to help grow the reputaiton and image of Ireland's food and drink produce and culinary cuisine as a world-class and distinctively Irish.
 
Group Honourees:
 
RISING STAR – Sponsored by Shannon Heritage
 
THE RISING STAR OF THE DECADE - Sponsored by Shannon Heritage
 
The Rising Star of the Decade highlights an individual, business or team which has adapted and added value over the last ten years, to bring a new dynamism to business, which in turn has had a direct result in increasing business and raising awareness of Ireland through its food.
 
Finalists:
 
Ballyvolane House
Poacher’s Inn
Urru Culinary Store
Highbank Organic Orchards
 
Winner:
 
SAVVY SOCIAL – Sponsored by House of Waterford Crystal 
 
The Savvy Social business must think in terms of their specific business on this level playing field where size doesn’t matter, rather a combination of time, quality content and engagement does. The Savvy Social award will go to a member who has not only grasped the concept of using modern social media platforms in the professional arena, but who fully understands the power of technology to get the word out about their business and connect with people, integration of channels, use of different formats such as video, podcast, blog posts etc., and most importantly offers constant and consistent delivery of different types of content to their audience. A savvy social would also ensure they have integrated their social platforms to their website and instore/inhouse and printed materials.
 
Finalists:
 
The Butler’s Pantry
Lemon Tree Restaurant
ely Wine Bar
Dublin Cookery School
Faithlegg House Hotel
 
Winner: