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Irish Restaurant Awards 2011 National Finals - Full Results & More !

It was a night of surprises - and for some, no surprise, but I'll let that sit...

Chapter One scooped the Best Restaurant Award & Mickael Viljanen, Head Chef at Gregans Castle is crowned Best Chef in Ireland! What a Night!

The Undisputed : Mr Mickael Viljanen

At the Santa Rita/Sunday Independent Irish Restaurant Awards 2011 in the Burlington Hotel, Wednesday 25th March 2011, over 700 industry peers attended the awards ceremony where the regional and All Ireland winners were announced in the following categories:

Best Seafood Experience 2011                 O’ Grady’s on the Pier, Barna, Co. Galway
Best Ethnic Restaurant 2011                     Rasam, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Best Newcomer 2011                                The Fatted Calf, Glasson, Co. Westmeath
Best Cocktail Experience 2011                 Saba, Dublin
Best Restaurant Design 2011                    Ely Bar and Brasserie, Dublin
Best Coffee Experience 2011                    Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer St, Dublin
Best Practice in Environmental 2011        Radisson Hotel, Dublin Airport
Best Restaurant Website 2011                  Seapoint, Monkstown, Dublin
Best Club Restaurant 2011                        Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, Dublin
Best Supplier 2011                                    Keeling’s
Best Cookery School 2011                        The Tannery, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Best Innovation 2011                                O’ Brien Chop House, Co. Waterford
Best Food Producer 2011                         Silverhill Foods
Most Informative Menu 2011                    Bodega, Co. Waterford
Local Food Hero 2011                              Jack McCarthy, McCarthy’s of Kanturk

photo by @italianfoodie

The Regional Winners are:
Best Chef
                        Ulster                Noel McMeel, Lough Erne Resort
                        Munster             Mickael Viljanen, Gregans Castle
            Dublin                Kevin Thornton, Thornton’s
                        Leinster             Billy Whitty, Aldridge Lodge
                        Connaught        Philippe Farineau, Mount Falcon

Best Restaurant      
            Ulster                MacNean House and Restaurant
            Munster            The Tannery
            Dublin               Chapter One
            Leinster             Campagne
            Connaught         Asian Tea House

Best Casual Dining 

            Ulster                La Boca
            Munster            La Cucina
            Dublin               Michie Sushi
            Leinster             L’Olivier
            Connaught         Bar 8

Best Customer Service           

            Ulster               Harvey’s Point
            Munster            Gregans Castle
            Dublin               Chapter One
            Leinster             Chakra by Jaipur
            Connaught         Lough Inagh Lodge

Best Hotel Restaurant      
            Ulster               Snaffles Brasserie Castle Leslie
            Munster            Gregans Castle
            Dublin              The Cellar Restaurant, The Merrion Hotel
            Leinster            The Strawberry Tree, Brooklodge Wells and Spa
            Connaught        The Kitchen Restaurant, Mount Falcon

Best Gastro Pub     
            Ulster                Harry’s Bar
            Munster            Cronin’s Pub
            Dublin               L. Mulligan Grocer
             Leinster            Fallons
            Connaught        O’Dowd’s Bar and Seafood Restaurant

Best Wine Experience     
Dublin               The Winding Stair

And The Overall Winners are:
Best Restaurant 2011                Chapter One
Best Chef 2011                         Mickael Viljanen for Gregans Castle
Best Customer Service 2011      Gregans Castle
Best Casual Dining 2011            La Cucina
Best Hotel Restaurant 2011        Gregans Castle
Best Wine Experience 2011        Jacques at Greenacres
Best Gastro Pub 2011                Harry’s Bar
Local Food Hero 2011                 Jack McCarthy’s, McCarthy’s of Kanturk 

photo by @italianfoodie

A Super Supper was Served!
Guests on the night were treated to a five-course menu prepared by the winning Chefs in each of the five regions in 2010. This year’s event saw legends of the Foodie world: Danny Millar (Balloo House), Garret Byrne (Champagne), Seamus Commons (Knockranny House), Paul Flynn (The Tannery) and Eamonn O’ Reilly (One Pico) prepare a sumptuous meal for over 700 guests at a glittering black tie event – a fantastic celebration of all that is great in the Irish Restaurant Industry.

photo by @italianfoodie

A Highlight in the Restaurant Calendar
The Irish Restaurant Awards are organised by The Restaurants Association of Ireland and are sponsored by Santa Rita & Sunday Independent LIFE Magazine.

This year’s event recognized achievement and excellence in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry, throughout the whole island of Ireland, in 22 categories. The awards celebrate all aspects of the Industry from Chefs, Restaurants, Food Producers, Cookery Schools and even Local Food Heroes!

photo by @italianfoodie

Readers of the Sunday Independent LIFE Magazine and members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland put forward nominations for the awards. The awards process ran from the beginning of February 2011 until the 25th of May 2011 whereby nominated Restaurants faced scrutiny from the Consumer, Regional Judges, a Mystery Guest Visitor and finally the National Awards Academy. The County winners were announced at a number of Regional events, over the last few months, in the run up to the Main Event last night in the Burlington Hotel Dublin.

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