Ireland’s Best Chefs and Restaurants Win Big at The Food & Wine Awards

Last night, the Food & Wine Awards were held in the InterContinental in Ballsbridge, with the country’s best chefs and restaurateurs in attendance. The event was hosted by presenter Barry Murphy and broadcaster Norah Casey.

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed a delicious five-course meal with matching wines from Barry & Fitzwilliam. The ceremony, sponsored by Nespresso, included a selection of new categories and awards to represent the ever-changing Irish food scene.

The evening saw Ernie Walley inducted into the Food & Wine Hall of Fame. This award, presented by Niall Toner of the Sunday Times, recognises those in the industry who are constantly innovating and breaking down barriers.

Chef Clare Smyth was awarded Ambassador of the Year. Clare is the first female chef to hold three Michelin stars in the United Kingdom. We would like to congratulate all the winners and the finalists of each award.

The winners of each award are as follows:

Local of the Year: Michael’s, Mount Merrion

Sommelier of the Year: Julie Dupouy

Chef of the Year: Andy McFadden & Team of Glovers Alley

Best Chef Connacht: Jess Murphy of Kai Cafe and Restaurant

Pastry Chef of the Year: Aoife Noonan of Glovers Alley

Restaurant Bar of the Year: L’Ecrivain

Host of the Year: Talha Pasha of Michael’s Mount Merrion

Hotel Restaurant of the Year: La Fougère at Knockranny House Hotel

Best for Romance: Wineport Lodge

Best Chef Ulster: Danni Barry of Clenaghans

Best Chef Leinster: Garrett Byrne of Champagne in Kilkenny

Best Restaurant Connacht: Kai Cafe and Restaurant

Best Chef Munster: Aidan McGrath, The Wild Honey Inn

Farm & Sea to Plate Ballymaloe House

Best Restaurant of the Year: Ox in Belfast

Rising Star of the Year: Karan Mittal of Ananda Restaurant

Best for Wine Lovers: Whelehans Wines, Co.Dublin

Best for Brunch: Meet Me In The Morning

Pub Food of the Year Award: The Legal Eagle

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