Meet the 14 Food Champions selected by Failte Ireland to help steer the direction of Modern Irish Food

Fáilte Ireland have selected 14 emerging food champions who will travel on a food tourism benchmarking trip to Prince Edward County in Canada where they will experience a bespoke itinerary developed by renowned food tourism destination expert Rebecca LeHeup (@OntarioCulinary), Executive Director, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (OCTA), who will be their guide throughout the trip.

These 14 food champions which are dispersed throughout the country from Dublin, Cork, Sligo, Waterford, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Meath and Clare, were picked from 160 nominations for their resounding passion and belief in Irish food, together with a commitment and drive to actively influence and shape the future of Irish cuisine and food tourism in their region.

The 14 newly elected Failte Ireland “Irish Food Champions” 

Anthony Creswell, Ummera Smokehouse, Timoleague Cork
Brid Torrades, Café Osta/Só, Sligo
Colin Jephson, Ardkeen Quality Food Store, Waterford
Donal Doherty, Harry’s Restaurant, Bridgend, Donegal
Fergus O’Halloran, The Twelve, Galway
JP McMahon, Aniar Restaurant, Cava Restaurant and Eat Gastropub (EAT Galway) Galway
Mark K Murphy, Dingle Food Market, Dingle, Kerry
Olivia Duff, Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, Meath
Padraig Og Gallagher, Boxty House, Dublin
Ruth Healy, URRU, Bandon, Cork
Siobhan NiGhairbhith, St Tola, Inagh Farmhouse Cheese, Clare
Sylvia Meulmeester Greenes Rest/Cork Food Week Cork Cork
Therese McDermott, Waterford Festival of Food Ltd, Dungarvan, Waterford
Yvonne Carty, Hey Pesto!, Offaly
An admirable selection of the finest Food Champions operating in Ireland today. I think they will be a credit to the progression of Irish Food on the National and the International Culinary Stage.
Congratulations to you all!

About - Zack Gallagher

Chef. Zack Gallagher. @IrishFoodGuide on Twitter. News about Food, Food Producers, Chefs and Irish Food Tourism, in Ireland. Food and Food Tourism Marketing at @IrishFoodTour. Irish Food Blogger and Journalist. Food Ambassador at @Failte_Ireland. Judge @BlasNahEireann Irish Food Awards #WildAtlanticWay
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2 Responses to Meet the 14 Food Champions selected by Failte Ireland to help steer the direction of Modern Irish Food

  1. emeralds82 says:

    Hey Zack, ock I was disappointed that I didnt see your name there but regardless I am sure the 14 chosen will represent us well in Canada and I am delighted to see that Donal Doherty has been selected. He has been doing great work over by Inishowen so it is nice to hear he has been rewarded… (Next time Zack time !! ) Also now that I am smothering you with compliments… I should mention I am totally reblogging your post on to my page…. Hope you dont mind so much ;)

  2. heypesto says:

    HI Zack! Just came across this – thank you! Promise to bring back lots of info…

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