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FOOD&WINE MAGAZINE / LOUIS LATOUR Restaurant of the Year Awards 2012 SHORTLIST

The judging is over and the votes are cast. 
The winners of the 12th Annual FOOD&WINE Magazine / Louis Latour Restaurant of the Year Awards will be announced at a gala luncheon at the Dublin Convention Centre on Sunday, 19 August 2012.

Now in its twelfth year and considered the most prestigious and authoritative culinary event in the Irish calendar, the awards recognise and reward Ireland’s best restaurants and chefs.

The best restaurant and best chef from each province will receive Regional Awards before the final announcement of the overall Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year is made.
Other award categories include Best Sommelier, Best Service, Best Ethnic & World Cuisine and Best Wine Experience.

Ross Golden-Bannon, Editor of FOOD&WINE Magazine
pictured with Kerri Judge, Marketing Manager, Febvre & Company for Louis Latour
Ross Golden-Bannon, FOOD&WINE Magazine editor said: “The obvious stars are still there, but there are some exciting new talents doing radical things with our food culture and traditions. Our new category of casual dining reflects the dramatic rise in the fortunes of the bistro. The past twelve months have seen the food sector face challenging business conditions and yet chefs and restaurateurs have not just responded with better value, they’ve responded with astonishing creativity that celebrates Irish produce.”

Restaurant of the Year Awards 2012 Shortlist
Top ten listed in alphabetical order for each category. Placing to be announced on Sunday August 19. (where there are more than ten shortlisted there is a joint-placing).
Best Restaurant – Ulster

·         Balloo House, Co Down

·         Catalina Restaurant (Lough Erne) Co Fermanagh

·         Cayenne, Belfast

·         Deane's, Belfast

·         Harry’s Bar & Restaurant, Co Donegal

·         James Street South, Belfast

·         MacNean House, Co Cavan

·         Potted Hen, Belfast

·         Rayanne House, Holywood, Co Down

·         The Boat House, Bangor, Co Down

Best Restaurant – Munster

·         Gregans Castle, Co Clare

·         Les Gourmandises, Co Cork

·         Munster Room at Waterford Castle, Co Waterford

·         O'Brien Chop House, Lismore, Co Waterford

·         Park Hotel Kenmare, Co Kerry

·         The Cliff House Hotel Restaurant, Co Waterford

·         Global Village, Dingle, Co Kerry

·         The Old Convent, Co Tipperary

·         The Tannery, Co Waterford

·         Treyvaud's Restaurant, Co Kerry

·         Wild Honey Inn, Co Clare

Best Restaurant – Leinster

·         A. Caviston, Greystones, Co Wicklow

·         Aldridge Lodge, Co Wexford

·         Alexis, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

·         Campagne, Co Kilkenny

·         Chakra by Jaipur, Co Wicklow

·         Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt, Co Wicklow

·         Greenacres, Co Wexford

·         The Ballymore Inn, Co Kildare

·         The Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet, Co Kilkenny

·         Viewmount House, Co Longford

Best Restaurant – Connacht

·         Aniar, Galway City

·         Ballynahinch Castle Hotel Connemara, Co Galway

·         Cava Tapas Bar, Galway City

·         Gigis at the G Hotel, Co Galway

·         Kai Restaurant, Co Galway

·         La Fougere, Knockranny House Hotel & Spa, Westport, Co Mayo

·         Nephin Restaurant, Mulranny Park Hotel, Co Mayo

·         Renvyle House Hotel, Co Galway

·         Source, Co Sligo

·         West Restaurant @ Twelve Hotel, Co Galway

Best Restaurant – Dublin

·         Ananda

·         Chapter One

·         Dax Restaurant

·         l'Ecrivain

·         Locks Brasserie

·         Pearl Brasserie

·         Pichet

·         Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

·         The Greenhouse

·         The Winding Stair

·         Thornton's

Best Chef – Ulster
·         Brian McCann, Shu Restaurant, Belfast
·         Conor McClelland, Rayanne House, Co Down
·         Danny Millar, Balloo House, Co Down
·         David Magaeen, Restaurant Victoria,  Belfast
·         Joery Castel, The Boat House, Co Down
·         Neven Maguire, McNean House & Restaurant, Co Cavan
·         Niall McKenna, James Street South, Belfast
·         Kevin Crossan, Nuremore Hotel Restaurant, Co Monaghan
·         Raymond Mornan, Harry's, Co Donegal
·         Simon Toye, Deane's Restaurant, Belfast
Best Chef – Munster
·         Aidan McGrath, Wild Honey Inn, Co Clare
·         Bruce Mulcahy, Park Hotel Kenmare, Co Kerry
·         David Hurley, Gregans Castle, Co Clare
·         Dermot Gannon, The Old Convent, Co Tipperary
·         Martijn Kajuiter, Cliff House Hotel Restaurant, Co Waterford 
·         Martin Bealin, Global Village, Dingle, Co Kerry
·         Michael Quinn, Waterford Castle, Co Waterford
·         Paul Flynn, The Tannery, Co Waterford
·         Robbie Krawczyk, O'Brien Chop House, Co Waterford
·         William O'Callaghan, Longueville House, Co Cork
Best Chef – Leinster
·         Aidan MacManus, King Sitric Fish Restaurant, Co Dublin
·         Alan O'Reilly, Alexis, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
·         Billy Whitty, Aldridge Lodge, Co Wexford
·         Fred Cordonnier, Ballyfin, Co Laois
·         Garrett Byrne, Campagne, Kilkenny City
·         Gary O'Hanlon, Viewmount House, Co Longford
·         Lalit Kumar, Chakra by Jaipur, Greystones, Co Wicklow
·         Maria Rafferty, Zuni, Co Kilkenny
·         Peter Byrne, Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt, Co Wicklow
·         Tim Daly, Strawberry Tree, Co Wicklow
Best Chef  - Connacht
·         Enda McEvoy, Aniar, Galway City
·         Jessica Murphy, Kai, Galway City
·         Jonathan Keane, Lisloughrey Lodge, Co Mayo
·         JP McMahon, Cava, Galway City
·         Martin O'Donnell, West @The Twelve, Co Galway
·         Miriam Harte, Source, Co Sligo
·         Ollie O'Regan, Nephin Restaurant, Mulranny Park, Co Mayo
·         Seamus Commons, La Fougere, Co Mayo
·         Tim O'Sullivan, Renvyle House Hotel, Co Galway
·         Xin Sun, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel Connemara, Co Galway
Best Chef – Dublin
·         Conor Dempsey, Dax Restaurant
·         Derry Clarke, l'Ecrivain
·         Graham Neville, Restaurant Forty-One
·         Guillaume Le Brun, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
·         Kevin Thornton, Thornton's Restaurant
·         Marc Bodie, Pearl Brasserie
·         Mickael Viljanen, The Greenhouse
·         Rory Carville, Locks Brasserie
·         Ross Lewis, Chapter One
·         Sunil Ghai, Ananda

National Shortlist
Best Wine Experience (sponsored by Castello Banfi)
·         Chapter One, Dublin 1
·         Dax, Dublin 2
·         Ely Bar and Brasserie, Dublin 2
·         Fallon & Byrne, Dublin 2
·         Greenacres, Co Wexford
·         Kelly's Hotel, Co Wexford
·         Pearl Brasserie, Dublin 2
·         San Lorenzo, Dublin 2
·         The Winding Stair, Dublin 1
·         Thornton's, Dublin 2
Best Sommelier (sponsored by Champagne Deutz)
·         Anke Hartmann, The Cliff Town House, Dublin 2
·         Damian Corr, The Cellar, Dublin 2
·         Ed Jolliffe, Chapter One, Dublin 1
·         Ian Brosnan, Ely Wine Bar, Dublin 2
·         Lorraine Harmon, The Greenhouse, Dublin 2
·         Martina Delaney, l'Ecrivain, Dublin 2
·         Nick Faujours, La Fougere, Co Mayo
·         Olivier Meisonnave, Dax, Dublin 2
·         Pierre Marie Faure, Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin 2
·         Soizic Kiely, Les Gourmandises, Co Cork
Best Casual Dining (sponsored by Fleur du Cap)
·         A Caviston, Greystones, Co Wicklow
·         777, Dublin 2
·         Dillinger's, Ranelagh
·         Eastern Seaboard, Drogheda
·         Farmgate Restaurant, Co Cork
·         Harry's, Co Donegal
·         Junior's, Dublin 4
·         L. Mulligan Grocer, Stoneybatter
·         Moloughney's, Clontarf
·         Nash 19, Co Cork
·         Terra Madre, Dublin 1
Best Service (sponsored by Bodegas Valdemar)
·         Ananda, Dublin 14
·         Brabazon, Tankardstown House, Co Meath
·         Chapter One, Dublin 1
·         Dax Restaurant, Dublin 2
·         l'Ecrivain, Dublin 2
·         La Fougere, Co Mayo
·         Locks Brasserie, Dublin 2
·         O'Brien Chop House, Lismore, Co Waterford
·         Park Hotel Kenmare, Co Kerry
·         Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin 2
Ethnic & World Cuisine (sponsored by d’Arenberg)
·         Ananda, Dublin 14
·         777, Dublin 2
·         Chakra by Jaipur, Greystones, Co Wicklow
·         China Sichuan, Dublin 14
·         M&L Sichuan, Dublin
·         Michie Sushi, Ranelagh
·         Monty's of Kathmandu, Dublin 2
·         Rasam, Glasthule, Co Dublin
·         Saba, Dublin 2
·         The Ganges, Holywood, Co Down

The 2012 FOOD&WINE Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards welcomes new sponsor Febvre & Company with renowned Burgundian producer, Maison Louis Latour as title sponsor and other fine wineries in the Febvre portfolio sponsoring individual awards.

Maison Louis Latour, was founded in 1797 and has become a natural custodian of an ancient tradition.  Authentic to its roots, it has always remained a point of honour to remain independent and family-owned and is now run by Louis Fabrice Latour who represents the eleventh generation since the founding generation.  Their wines are celebrated around the world for the elegance and balance that have always been a hallmark of the vinification practice of Maison Louis Latour.

FOOD&WINE Magazine is Ireland’s only dedicated food and drink glossy magazine. Monthly recipes, wine-tastings and restaurant reviews are interspersed with cookery trends, family recipes, weekend breaks and gourmet travel news.

The format for the awards ceremony is as follows:

Ø  Champagne Reception on arrival
Ø  Exquisite five-course lunch with matching wines from Febvre
Ø  Followed by Awards ceremony
Ø  Fabulous raffle prizes
Ø  Spot Prizes on each table
Ø  Gourmet Goody bags for each guest
Tickets are €120 per person (inclusive for club card members)
To secure your places  please contact Sarah on: 01 240 5387 or email

Good Luck to all those Shortlisted. It's guaranteed to be a great night out!

UPDATE! The Full List & Links to all the Winners can be seen HERE

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