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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
www.merrionhotel.com   @Edcooney


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


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


GFI Culinary Haven 2012
Renvyle House Hotel, Co Galway


GFI Culinary Hotel of the Year 2012
BrookLodge, Co Wicklow


GFI Food Lover’s Choice Award 2012
Kai Cafe and Restaurant, Galway city


GFI Food Producer of the Year 2012
The Foods of Athenry, Galway


GFI “Come and See” Producer of the Year 2012
The Apple Farm, Cahir, Co Tipperary


GFI Food Pub of the Year 2012
Hargadon’s, Sligo town


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



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 www.goodfoodireland.ie and follow them on Twitter @GoodFoodIreland

Congrats to all involved in raising the standards of Modern Irish Hospitality & Food!

Zack

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It is written & curated by Zack Gallagher, Donegal Town, Co Donegal, Ireland.

“My Blog is a slice of the Irish Food ‘Network’. I’m a Chef with over 27 years experience and also have a background in media. I’m passionate about Irish Food Tourism and I believe that a rising tide really can lift all boats!”

Supporting Irish Food created by passionate producers and encouraging the Irish food & hospitality industry to use modern social media methods to increase their business.

Zack is building an all-Ireland Food Tourism network to assist Tour Operators bringing guests into Ireland to connect easily with artisan Irish food producers, so as they can experience the provenance and personality behind our Irish food Visit www.IrishFoodTours.ie

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