Winners of the Good Food Ireland 2012 Food Experience Awards

Good Food Ireland was established by Margaret Jeffares  in November 2006, after identifying a gap and opportunity in the development of a strong food and tourism proposition for the island of Ireland. The aim was to link the agriculture & food sector with the hospitality sector and it has worked very successfully!

The Good Food Ireland Food Experience Awards 2012
The members of Good Food Ireland share a passionate belief in well-prepared and well-presented Irish, local and artisan food along with excellent standards of accommodation and hospitality services. The group has quite a rigorous set of standards that all members must adhere to.

The Good Food Ireland (GFI) Food Experience Awards 2012 celebrate their choice of excellence in their members. This year’s awards, in association with Kerrygold, were held in The Shelbourne Hotel on Tuesday, November 20th with special guest attendance by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D.

And the winners are:

Good Food Ireland Ambassador of the Year 2012
Ed Cooney, Executive Chef, Merrion Hotel, Dublin   @Edcooney

GFI Restaurant of the Year 2012
Restaurant FortyOne at Residence, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin  @Residence_Club

GFI Café of the Year 2012
Cafe Rua, Castlebar, Co Mayo

GFI Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year 2012
Farmgate, Midleton, Co Cork
GFI Cookery School of the Year 2012
Ballymaloe Cookery School, Co Cork   @BallymaloeCS
GFI Culinary Haven 2012
Renvyle House Hotel, Co Galway   @renvylehse
GFI Culinary Hotel of the Year 2012
BrookLodge, Co Wicklow   @Macreddin
GFI Food Lover’s Choice Award 2012
Kai Cafe and Restaurant, Galway city  @kaigalway
GFI Food Producer of the Year 2012
The Foods of Athenry, Galway  @foodsofathenry
GFI “Come and See” Producer of the Year 2012
The Apple Farm, Cahir, Co Tipperary  @theapplefarmer
GFI Food Pub of the Year 2012
Hargadon’s, Sligo town  @hargadonsligo
GFI Local Food Shop of the Year 2012
The Food Store, Claremorris, Co Mayo
Good Food Ireland Supreme Award of the Year 2012

Aniar Restaurant, Galway  @AniarGalway

Regional Newcomer Winners were: 

South: Sage Restaurant, Midleton, Co Cork and Mount Juliet, Co Kilkenny (Joint winners)
West: Aniar Restaurant, Co Galway
North: Balloo House, Killinchy, Co Down
East: Harte’s Bar and Grill, Kildare Town
For more about Good Food Ireland visit their website
at and follow them on Twitter @GoodFoodIreland
Congrats to all involved in raising the standards of Modern Irish Hospitality & Food!

About IrishFoodGuide

Zack Gallagher. News about Food in Ireland, Food Producers & Irish Food Tourism. Chef, Food Blogger, Failte Ireland Food Ambassador. On the #WildAtlanticWay @IrishFoodGuide on Twitter
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