Featured in Irish Examiner: Good Food Ireland awards celebrate glorious food

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Wed 20th Nov 2013

Kilkenny’s Mount Juliet swept the board at Ireland’s food Oscars, with the venue taking the three top prizes at the Good Food Ireland awards.

The Kilkenny estate took the top award of the night — the Supreme Award — as well as Restaurant of the Year and the Outstanding Place to Stay award at the prestigious annual event in Dublin. 
 
The ceremony was attended by more than 350 guests from the agri-food and tourism industry. 
 
Other winners last night included: Inch House Traditional Black Pudding for Producer of the Year; URRU Culinary Store in Bandon, Co Cork, for Local Food Shop of the Year; The Oarsman won the Food Lover’s Choice award — this award was voted on by the public; Newforge House, Co Armagh won Culinary Haven of the Year; and Toscana Restaurant in Dublin won the newly introduced Grow It Yourself award. 
 
Speaking at the ceremony, Taoiseach Enda Kenny highlighted the importance of the food and tourism industries to Ireland’s economic recovery. 
 
“Whether it is in restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, markets or accommodation, customers and visitors can have a truly memorable food experience because of the wonderful produce and talent we have in this country. 
 
“These awards help to make Ireland synonymous with good food and this reputation is vital to supporting our €9bn of food and drink exports and the 160,000 jobs in the agri-food industry.” 
 
Founder of Good Food Ireland, Margaret Jeffares, said the awards were aimed at showing tourists that Irish cuisine can compete with any other country. 
 
“We are a committed group that want to change Ireland’s food reputation by giving the visitor one trusted guarantee for the very best food experience that builds a culinary picture of our country... the award winners have succeeded in delivering this Good Food Ireland experience to supreme levels of excellence,” Ms Jeffares said. 
 
Earlier in the day, Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar launched the Good Food Ireland prepaid MasterCard. The multifunctional gift card offers one-on-one connections with more than 600 of the very best food places, culinary experts, and artisan food producers. 
 
“Good Food Ireland and its members have made a significant contribution to Ireland’s growing reputation as a great destination for food. Its members are committed to using local produce wherever possible, and providing a top-class service to visitors. This brings clear benefits to tourists, but it’s also vital for the tourism industry and for sustaining and creating jobs,” said Mr Varadkar. 
 
THE WINNERS 
 
Good Food Ireland Supreme Award of the Year 2013 
 
The highest accolade to the outstanding award winner of the evening. The winner excels in every aspect of the Good Food Ireland experience in delivering the very best of culinary culture, bringing people together through food. 
 
WINNER: Mount Juliet, Co Kilkenny 
 
Good Food Ireland Restaurant of the Year 2013 
 
WINNER: Lady Helen Restaurant, Mount Juliet, Co Kilkenny 
 
Best Use of Irish Language Award
 
WINNER: Country Choice, Nenagh, Co Tipperary 
 
Culinary Haven
 
WINNER: Newforge House, Co Armagh 
 
Food Innovation Excellence Award
 
WINNER: Sage Restaurant, Midleton, Co Cork 
 
Food Shop
 
WINNER: URRU Culinary Store, Bandon, Co Cork 
 
Grow It Yourself Award
 
WINNER: Toscana Restaurant, Dublin 
 
Innovative Cookery Course
 
WINNER: Aniar Restaurant, Galway 
 
International Cuisine Award
 
WINNER: Ananda Restaurant, Dublin 
 
Outstanding Place To Stay
 
WINNER: Mount Juliet, Co Kilkenny 
 
Producer of the Year 
 
WINNER: North — Glastry Farm Ice Cream; South — Milleens Cheese, Co Cork; East — Wild About, Co Wexford; West — Inch House Traditional Black Pudding, Co Tipperary 
 
Pub of The Year
 
WINNER: Harte’s Bar and Grill, Kildare 
 
Cafe of the Year
 
WINNER: Kalbo’s, Skibbereen, Co Cork 
 
Seafood Restaurant
 
WINNER: Fishy Fishy Cafe, Kinsale. Highly Commended: QC’s Seafood Restaurant, Bar and Townhouse 
 
Casual Dining Award 
 
WINNER: An Port Mór, Westport, Co Mayo 
 
Food Lover Choice Award 
 
WINNER: The Oarsman, Co Leitrim 
 
Ambassador of the Year 
 
WINNER: Rory O’Connell, Ballymaloe Cookery School, for his exemplary contribution to assisting with the Good Food Ireland Food Summit in partnership with the Web Summit.

 

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