Wed 20th Nov 2013
The Good Food Ireland Awards in association with Kerrygold takes places tonight following an all day food tourism conference in The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D. presented the awards, which have now become the most coveted honour in the world of food and tourism.
RTE's Kathryn Thomas hosted the Awards Ceremony, attended by 350 guests from agri food and tourism hospitality businesses. This was a unique gathering of individuals all determined to put Ireland on the global stage for food lovers.
Speaking at the awards, Margaret Jeffares, Founder of Good Food Ireland said "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. Tonight the Award Winners have succeeded in delivering this Good Food Ireland Experience to supreme levels of excellence."
Speaking at the Awards, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. said "I am delighted to present these awards which recognise the efforts of those who are producing, retailing and cooking food to the highest quality and standard. Whether it is in restaurants, cafes, 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 €9 billion of food and drink exports and the 160,000 jobs in the agri-food industry."
Mount Juliet, Co Kilkenny swept the boards taking the Good Food Ireland Supreme Award sponsored by Kerrygold, the Restaurant of the Year Award and the Outstanding Place to Stay Award. Other winners on the night included Inch House Traditional Black Pudding for Producer of the Year, URRU Culinary Store in Bandon 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 Toacana Restaurant in Dublin won the newly introduced Grow It Yourself Award.
"As proud owners of Kerrygold, we are delighted to sponsor the Good Food Ireland Awards and support the work they do in in putting Ireland on the world stage as a tourism destination for people who love great food. This year’s winners are a shining example of what is great about the Irish food industry. They represent quality, dedication and passion. Essential attributes needed to produce world class products and services that can be enjoyed by consumers at home and abroad" said Kevin Lane, Chief Executive of Kerrygold, IDB
Earlier in the day Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, T.D. launched theGood Food Ireland Prepaid MasterCard, a mulitfunctional card, a Food Travel Passport and whole new way to experience Ireland like never before. It offers one-on-one connections with over 600 of the very best food places, culinary experts and artisan food producers and is a cherished passport where you will immediately become part of our Good Food Ireland® family.
Speaking at the Launch at The Good Food Ireland Conference, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar said "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.”
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GOOD FOOD IRELAND AWARD WINNERS
Good Food Ireland Best Use of Irish Language Award 2013
Sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge
The winner of this award not only embraces our culture through our food but also through our native language, providing a unique sense of place and valuable link to our true heritage.
WINNER: Country Choice Nenagh, Co Tipperary
Good Food Ireland Culinary Haven 2013
Sponsored by Sodexo
This award recognises guest accommodation that prioritises a superior local food experience. It is a place to stay where everything is about the food!
WINNER: Newforge House, Co Armagh
Good Food Ireland Food Innovation Excellence Award 2013
Sponsored by Failte Ireland
Innovative menus delivered through confident and contemporary Irish cooking continually demonstrates a commitment to local/seasonal food and regional culinary identity.
WINNER: Sage Restaurant, Midleton, Co Cork
Good Food Ireland Food Shop 2013
Sponsored by Hertz
The Good Food Ireland Food Shop of the Year 2013 goes to a business which offers a varied range of seasonal and local Irish products and artisan specialites, then makes it easy for the shopper to choose and buy Irish in a comfortable environment with knowledgeable staff on hand to help.
WINNER: URRU Culinary Store, Bandon, Co Cork
Good Food Ireland Grow It Yourself Award 2013
Sponsored by GIY Ireland
The winner of this award has gone one step further to link land to plate in a very real way. It embraces local ingredient whole heartedly, by establishing a vibrant garden for its own home grown vegetables, herbs or fruits, to provide freshness and new flavours as seasons change.
WINNER: Toscana Restaurant, Dublin
Good Food Ireland Innovative Cookery Course 2013
Sponsored by Kildare Village
This award recognises a course which instills passion for Irish seasonal ingredients, to convey the Good Food Ireland experience in an innovative way. Care of ingredients and preparation plus valuable kitchen techniques work alongside excellence in cooking and presentation skills in a lively and informative teaching environment.
WINNER: Aniar Restaurant, Galway
Good Food Ireland International Cuisine Award 2013
Sponsored by House of Waterford Crystal
This award goes to the restaurant which has best married the sourcing of Irish produce with cooking and presentation of the food of another country, creating an International Cuisine which successfully joins two cultures in the most delicious way.
WINNER: Ananda Restaurant, Dublin
Good Food Ireland Outstanding Place to Stay 2013
Sponsored by Tourism Ireland
The business that shows the ultimate blend of highest level comfort of stay, with supreme excellence in service and a rewarding food experience.
WINNER: Mount Juliet, Co Kilkenny
Good Food Ireland Producer of the Year 2013
Sponsored by Bord Bia
This award celebrates authentic produce we all want to eat or drink. It assures consumers that they have found something exceptionally good. The four winners will be distinguished by exemplary flavour and taste.
WINNER: North-Glastry Farm Ice Cream, South - Milleens Cheese, Co Cork, East - Wild About, Co Wexford, West - Inch House Traditional Black Pudding, Co Tipperary
Good Food Ireland Pub of The Year 2013
Sponsored by Grant Thornton
This winner of this award has successfully captured all the unique qualities necessary in a good Irish pub. Warm hospitality and traditional Irish welcome are combined with exciting menus which highlight the best in local produce.
WINNER: Harte's Bar and Grill, Kildare
Good Food Ireland Cafe of the Year 2013
Sponsored by Grant Thornton
The winner of the Good Food Ireland Café of the Year 2013 has shown an outstanding ability to provide seriously good food in a rewarding and relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy a casual dining experience of local food.
WINNER: Kalbo's, Skibereen, Co Cork
Good Food Ireland Seafood Restaurant 2013
Sponsored by The Irish Organic Salmon Company
This award honours the business which has shown a dedicated and focussed commitment to sourcing and highlighting the best of Irish fish and seafood, then using the skills of the chef to bring it to customers in the best of condition and taste.
WINNER: Fishy Fishy Cafe, Kinsale, Highly Commended QC's Seafood Restaurant, Bar and Townhouse
Good Food Ireland Casual Dining Award 2013
Sponsored by Clasic Drinks
This award recognises quality Irish food in a relaxed environment with focus on value for money.
WINNER: An Port Mor, Westport, Co Mayo
Good Food Ireland Restaurant of the Year 2013
Sponsored by Classic Drinks
Awarded to the restaurant which provides the most rewarding of experiences; its ambience, service and seasonal menu highlighting local produce - presented with exquisite cooking skills, imagination and flair.
WINNER: Lady Helen Restaurant, Mount Juliet, Co Kilkenny
Good Food Ireland Food Lover Choice Award 2013
Sponsored by The Irish Times
The winner if this award is chosen by the fans and followers of Good Food Ireland through an online voting system.
WINNER: The Oarsman, Co Leitrim
Good Food Ireland Ambassador of the Year 2013
Sponsored by Aertv
This award highlights the enormous voluntary commitment and belief in the efforts of Good Food Ireland. The winner’s contribution has unselfishly benefited every business within the network. There is no shortlist for this award, just one outstanding winner!
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.
Good Food Ireland SUPREME AWARD of the Year 2013
Sponsored by KERRYGOLD
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 Ireland’s culinary culture, bringing people together through food.
WINNER: MOUNT JULIET, Co Kilkenny