Some of Ireland’s most celebrated chefs and restaurateurs gathered together on Sunday, 27 August for the 17th edition of FOOD&WINE Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year Awards.
Running since 2001, the Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road hosted the culinary elite with a champagne reception followed by a five-course meal, created by Executive Chef Finbar Higgins, with matching wines.
The revamped awards featured a host of new categories including Best Local, representing the best neighborhood restaurant experience, and the Farm to Plate Award.
The two big prizes of the night went to Ireland’s only two Michelin star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, winning Restaurant of the Year Award 2017 and Chapter One’s Ross Lewis who was named Chef of the Year Award 2017.
Not the only award of the evening for Chapter One, head pastry chef Darren Hogarty took home Pastry Chef of the Year.
Another of Dublin’s most prominent restaurants L’Ecrivain was voted by the readers as Best for Business.
The much-loved John Healy, restaurant manager at Suesey Street restaurant, of TV3’s The Restaurant fame, scooped Ambassador of the Year while Alain Kerloc’h of Belfast’s OX took home Host of the Year.
Equally adored Neven Maguire was awarded Cookbook of the Year and Executive Head Chef at 3fe, a recognisable face from RTE’s What are You Eating? TV series, Hillary O’Hagan-Brennan was named Rising Star of the Year.
One restaurant definitely worth going the extra mile to visit is The Lady Helen Restaurant, at Mount Juliet, County Kilkenny, awarded Destination Restaurant of the Year, as is Noel McMeel‘s The Catalina Restaurant, in Lough Erne Resort which was named Hotel Restaurant of the Year.
Down south, Country Choice, Nenagh, County Tipperary was the choice for Café of the Year Award sponsored by Hugh Jordan, Ireland’s largest independent catering supplier.
Not forgetting an equally important part of a dining experience, a great wine list, Whelehans Wines, Loughlinstown, won Best for Wine Lovers