I was invited up by Adrian Cummins, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, to do a spot of guest Tweeting for the night and you can check all the Tweets from the night here on the #FoodOscars hashtag.
These annual Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI) Awards celebrate all aspects of the Industry from Chefs and Restaurants to Food Producers, Local Food Heroes and Cookery Schools. Nominations for the awards are made by readers of the Sunday Independent LIFE Magazine and by members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland.
The Irish Restaurant Awards recognizes achievement and excellence in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry throughout the Island of Ireland. The event is organised by The Restaurants Association of Ireland and are sponsored by Santa Rita/Sunday Independent LIFE Magazine & others. The awards are the most prestigious and most coveted awards in the Irish Restaurant Industry’s calendar.
County winners were announced at a number of Regional Events in the run up to this main event.
|Guests at the main event were treated to a five course menu prepared
by the winning Chefs in each of the five regions from last year.
Our host for the evening was Brendan O’Connor, TV Presenter of The Saturday Night Show on RTÉ1. Brendan is also the editor of the Sunday Independent newspaper’s LIFE Magazine.
This category recognises the dining experience which best offers outstanding value, excellent food, appropriate service, genuine hospitality and an appropriate overall dining experience.
MUNSTER – Sol y Sombra
LEINSTER – An Tintáin Restaurant
CONNAUGHT – Café Rua
DUBLIN – Saba
ALL-IRELAND WINNER – Best Casual Dining in Ireland: Saba, Dublin
BEST CHEF 2013
|Chef Paul Flynn and his wife Marie of the Tannery, Dungarvan, Co Waterford
who won the Best Restaurant in Ireland 2013
ULSTER – The Olde Post Inn, Cavan
MUNSTER – Ballygarry House Hotel, Kerry
LEINSTER – Harte’s Bar & Grill, Kildare
CONNAUGHT – Eat @ Massimo, Galway
DUBLIN – The Purty Kitchen, Monkstown
ALL-IRELAND WINNER – Renvyle House Hotel, Galway
Local Food Hero 2013
Glenilen Farm, Drimoleague, Co. Cork
And the Winner of the Bord Bia Just Ask Restaurant 2013 is
Sargasso, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Best Restaurant Design sponsored by BUNZL: Kai Café Restaurant, Galway
Best Cocktail Experience sponsored by MOJITO: The Exchequer, Dublin
Best Digital Marketing sponsored by QT Comments: The Happy Pear, Co. Wicklow
Best Cafe sponsored by UNITED COFFEE: Idaho Cafe, Cork
Best World Cuisine sponsored by TIGER BEER: Chameleon, Dublin
Great Seafood Experience sponsored by WRIGHTS: Fishy Fishy Café, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Best Restaurant Manager sponsored by CHAMPAGNE PANNIER: Declan Maxwell, Chapter One, Dublin
Best Cookery School sponsored by AVONMORE: Dublin Cookery School, Blackrock, Dublin
Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant sponsored by TOTAL PRODUCE: Restaurant Forty-One, Dublin
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine sponsored by FAILTE IRELAND: Aniar, Galway
Sustainable Restaurant of the Year sponsored by UNILEVER: Castlemurray House Hotel, Donegal
And The Real Winner is….. Irish Food!