Best Irish Restaurants And Chefs Named At Food And Wine Awards 2019

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The all-new 2019 FOOD AND WINE Awards in association with Rémy Martin were held in Dublin last evening, unveiling a new vision for the brand and awards.

Now in its 19th year, the FOOD AND WINE Awards is the pinnacle event of the year for the Irish food industry and the restaurant hitlist that everyone covets.

Held in the refurbished Great Room of the Shelbourne Hotel and attended by some of Ireland's best chefs and restaurateurs from across the country - as well as culinary talent from abroad - the FOOD AND WINE Awards is about honouring legacy and heritage by acknowledging the past, while turning the spotlight on the stars of the present and forecasting the future.

On the night, the two overall awards went to OX in Belfast, nabbing the 'Best Restaurant in Ireland' title, while 'Best Chef' went to The Greenhouse's Head Chef Mickael Viljanen

Other regional awards went to newly Michelin-starred Ichigo Ichie in Cork, while JP McMahon's Aniar scooped the best in the west. 

FOOD AND WINE Editor, Dee Laffin also interviewed a food-scene legend, Pierre Koffmann – one of a handful of chefs in the world to have been awarded the coveted three Michelin stars. 

For the full list of FOOD AND WINE Awards winners, scroll down... 

NATIONAL RESTAURANT AWARDS

Hotel Restaurant of the Year

WINNER: The Oak Room @ Adare Manor, Limerick

Helmed by chef Mike Tweedie, The Oak Room is one of the finest dining locations in the west, serving up contemporary menus created with local Irish ingredients.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Taylor & Clay @ Bullit Hotel, Belfast

COMMENDED: The Lady Helen @ Mount Juliet, Kilkenny 

Best Casual Dining

WINNER: Assassination Custard, Dublin 8

This family-run eatery champions local Irish produce in a tiny restaurant on Kevin Street in Dublin.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Forest & Marcy, Dublin 4

COMMENDED: Tartare, Galway

Farm & Sea to Plate 

WINNER: Michael’s, Dublin

Run by Chef Gaz Smith, Michael's is known for its dedication to great Irish seafood, with the restaurant's ever-changing menu showcasing unusual ingredients.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Inis Meáin Suites, Inishmann, Galway

COMMENDED: Longueville House, Cork

Best for Wine Lovers 

WINNER: The Black Pig, Kinsale, Cork

Known for its extensive wine list, The Black Pig offers hundreds of wines by the bottle and the glass, highlighting a range of unique flavours and regions.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Whelahans wines, Dublin

COMMENDED: Ely, Dublin

Classic of the Year

WINNER: Ballymore Inn, Kildare

This family-run inn is well-known for its hospitality and homegrown produce. Open for more than 16 years, this spot is well-loved by all who visit. 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Mustard Seed, Limerick

COMMENDED: China Sichuan, Sandyford, Dublin

Pub Food of the Year 

WINNER: The Oarsman, Leitrim

This gastropub is popular with locals and visitors alike, who return again and again to try The Oarsman's delicious housemade dishes.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Kealy's Inishowen, Donegal 

COMMENDED: Legal Eagle, Dublin 1 

Café of the Year 

WINNER: Luncheonette @ NCAD, Dublin 8

Former NCAD student Jennie Moran opened Luncheonette after the college canteen closed and ever since, she has been serving innovative, delicious and reasonably priced food for students and the public alike. 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Iniswallagh, Inisboffin, Mayo

COMMENDED: The Green Onion, Limerick

Start-Up of the Year

WINNER: Uno Mas, Dublin 2

The second restaurant from the team behind award-winning Etto, Uno Mas ha been wowing guests with its Mediterranean-style food since it opened.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Little Fox, Ennistymon, Clare

COMMENDED: Bread 41,  Dublin 2

Readers’ Choice Awards 

WINNER: No. Three Old Bar & Restaurant, Collon, Louth

Founded by mother-and-son duo Martina and Wayne Fitzpatrick, this casual gastropub offers delicious food in a relaxed setting. 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Gather Restaurant, Tuam, Galway

COMMENDED: Chameleon Restaurant, Temple Bar, Dublin

NATIONAL PEOPLE AWARDS

Rising Star of the Year 

WINNER: Roisin Gillen, Liath, Blackrock, Dublin

Part of the team that helped win Heron & Grey its Michelin star, Roisin Gillen is one to watch. She has had a fantastic 2019 so far, which has included a sold-out pop-up honouring women in the industry, as well as working at the newly-opened and highly praised Liath. 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jordan Bailey, Aimsir, Kildare

COMMENDED: Jame Cullinane, Longueville House, Cork

Host of the Year 

WINNER: Stéphane Robin, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin 2

Restaurant manager at Ireland's only two-starred Michelin restaurant, Stéphane is known for his welcoming manner and ability to put diners at ease.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Majken Bech Bailey, Aimsir, Kildare

COMMENDED: Jane O’Callaghan, Longueville House, Cork

Pastry Chef of the Year 

WINNER: Darren Hogarty, Chapter One, Dublin 1

Working at one of Dublin's best-known Michelin-starred restaurants, Darren's creations are both delicious and beautiful, highlighting the very best of Irish produce. 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lali Gonzalez, The Greenhouse, Dublin 2

COMMENDED: Nicole Crowe, OX, Belfast

Sommelier of the Year 

Sponsored by O'Briens 

WINNER: Cathryn Steunenberg, Aimsir

As well as creating one of the country's most innovative wine lists at newly-opened Aimsir, Cathryn is welcoming and warm to each guest that walks through the door, helping them to comfortably try delicious and unique wines.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Sean Gargano, The Legal Eagle, Dublin

COMMENDED: Alain Kerloch, OX, Belfast

Restaurant Bartender of the Year

WINNER: Alan McGillivary, The Market Bar, Dublin 2

One of the most experienced bartenders in the country, Alan has created a delicious drinks list at The Market Bar, ensuring there is something on offer for every palate. 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: David Somerville The Legal Eagle, Dublin 1

COMMENDED: Paul Lambert Shaker & Vine, Swords, Dublin

International Chef of the Year 

WINNER: Anna Haugh, Myrtle Restaurant, London, England

Tallaght chef Anna Haugh has worked with some of the UK's top chefs, including Gordon Ramsay and Philip Howard, before she opened her own modern Irish restaurant in London earlier this year. 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Robin Gill, The Dairy, Counter Culture, Sorella, Darby's, London, England

COMMENDED: Clare Smyth, Core, London, England and New York, USA

Outstanding Champion

Sponsored by Kerrygold

WINNER: Gaz Smith

Owner and head chef at Michael's and Little Mike's, Gaz helped spearhead the Seafood September initiative, while promoting amazing Irish produce, suppliers and, most of all, seafood on both his menus and social media. 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Conor Spacey

COMMENDED: Jess Murphy

REGIONAL AWARDS

Best Restaurant Ulster

Sponsored by Rémy Martin

WINNER: OX, Belfast

Helmed by chef Stephen Toman, Michelin-starred OX in Belfast is known for its inventive food and inviting atmosphere.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: James St, Belfast 

COMMENDED: Muddlers Club, Belfast 

Best Restaurant Munster

Sponsored by Rémy Martin

WINNER: Ichigo Ichie, Cork

Newly Michelin-starred, Takashi Miyazaki's Ichigo Ichie has brought Japanese fine-dining with an Irish twist to the Rebel county, wowing guests and critics alike.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bastion, Kinsale, Cork

COMMENDED: Mews, Baltimore, Cork

Best Restaurant Connacht

Sponsored by Rémy Martin

WINNER: Aniar, Galway

JP McMahon's Michelin-starred restaurant highlights the best of the West, with Irish ingredients and unique flavours making up each menu.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Loam, Galway

COMMENDED: Kai, Galway

Best Restaurant Leinster

Sponsored by Rémy Martin

WINNER: Aimsir, Kildare

Opened by Jordan Bailey and Majken Bech-Bailey earlier this year, the menu at Aimsir is an ever-changing celebration of Irish food.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Campagne, Kilkenny

COMMENDED: Two Cooks, Sallins, Kildare

Best Restaurant Dublin 

WINNER: The Greenhouse

This Michelin-starred restaurant on Dublin's Dawson Street currently offers some of the most exciting food in the country.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Chapter One

COMMENDED: Liath

Best Chef Connacht

Sponsored by Rémy Martin

WINNER: Enda McEvoy, Loam

Owner and chef at Michelin-starred Loam, Enda McEvoy is a champion of Irish food and flavours.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jess Murphy, Kai

COMMENDED: Seamus Commons, La Fougere

Best Chef Munster

Sponsored by Rémy Martin

WINNER: Takashi Miyasaki, Ichigo Ichie

Earning his first Michelin star last year, Takashi is the owner of Miyazaki and Ichigo Ichie in Cork, which is known for serving Japanese food with an Irish twist. 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ahmet Dede, Mews

COMMENDED: Mike Tweedie, Oak Room @ Adare Manor

Best Chef Leinster

Sponsored by Rémy Martin

WINNER: Jordan Bailey, Aimsir

The former chef at three Michelin-starred Maaemo in Norway, Jordan Bailey opened Aimsir earlier this year and has been wowing visitors with his unique take on Irish food ever since.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Garret Byrne, Campagne

COMMENDED: Billy Whitty, Aldridge Lodge

Best Chef Ulster

Sponsored by Rémy Martin

WINNER: Stephen Toman, OX

Head chef at Michelin-starred restaurant OX in Belfast, Stephen is known for creating some of the island's very best food.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Carmel McGirr, MacNean House

COMMENDED: Niall McKenna, James St South

Best Chef Dublin

Sponsored by Rémy Martin

WINNER: Mickael Viljanen, The Greenhouse

Head chef at Dublin's The Greenhouse, Mickael has helped the restaurant to achieve its one Michelin star status while serving unique and innovative food.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Damien Grey, Liath 

COMMENDED: Graham Neville, DAX

INDUSTRY AWARDS 

Best Under 30

Sponsored by S.Pellegrino

WINNER: Grainne O'Keefe, Clanbrassil House, Dublin 2

Well-known in Dublin, Grainne is head chef at Clanbrassil House and culinary director at BuJo Burger Joint. She has had an amazing year, which has seen her take part in Guinness X MEATOPIA, the Peroni series and a variety of pop-ups.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Karan Mittal, Ananda, Dundrum 

COMMENDED: Django Getsee, Farnham Estate, Cavan

Best Producer

Sponsored by IFSA Chef Network

WINNER: Mike Thomson, Young Buck Cheese, Down

Founded in 2014, Mike Thomson's Young Buck is Northern Ireland's first blue cheese created with local raw milk.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Imbibe Coffee, Dublin

COMMENDED: Crawford’s Farm, Tipperary

Best Workplace

WINNER: Caisleain Óir, Annagry, Donegal

Founded by the McDevitt family in 1978, this hotel is known for treating staff with courtesy and understanding, as well as keeping staff on a long-term basis due to its positive environment.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Pig’s Ear, Dublin 2

COMMENDED: Balloo Inns Group, Antrim

OVERALL WINNERS

Hall of Fame

Sponsored by Rémy Martin

John & Sally McKenna, McKenna’s Guides

John and Sally McKenna are two of the most celebrated food journalists in Ireland, well-known for their famous McKenna's Guide plaques.

Best Restaurant

Sponsored by Rémy Martin

WINNER: OX, Belfast

Another award for Michelin-starred OX in Belfast, which is known for its inventive food and inviting atmosphere. 

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Chapter One, Dublin 

COMMENDED: Ichigo Ichie, Cork

Best Chef 

Sponsored by Rémy Martin

WINNER: Mickael Viljanen, The Greenhouse

Mickael Viljanen of Dublin's Michelin-starred restaurant The Greenhouse is known for creating some of the most inventive and delicious food in the country.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Stephen Toman, OX

COMMENDED: John Wyer, Forest Avenue

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