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Meet the 14 Food Champions selected by Failte Ireland to help steer the direction of Modern Irish Food

Fáilte Ireland have selected 14 emerging food champions who will travel on a food tourism benchmarking trip to Prince Edward County in Canada where they will experience a bespoke itinerary developed by renowned food tourism destination expert Rebecca LeHeup (@OntarioCulinary), Executive Director, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (OCTA), who will be their guide throughout the trip.

These 14 food champions which are dispersed throughout the country from Dublin, Cork, Sligo, Waterford, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Meath and Clare, were picked from 160 nominations for their resounding passion and belief in Irish food, together with a commitment and drive to actively influence and shape the future of Irish cuisine and food tourism in their region.

The 14 newly elected Failte Ireland "Irish Food Champions"

Anthony Creswell, Ummera Smokehouse, Timoleague Cork

Brid Torrades, Café Osta/Só, Sligo

Colin Jephson, Ardkeen Quality Food Store, Waterford

Donal Doherty, Harry's Restaurant, Bridgend, Donegal

Fergus O'Halloran, The Twelve, Galway

JP McMahon, Aniar Restaurant, Cava Restaurant and Eat Gastropub (EAT Galway) Galway

Mark K Murphy, Dingle Food Market, Dingle, Kerry

Olivia Duff, Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, Meath

Padraig Og Gallagher, Boxty House, Dublin
Ruth Healy, URRU, Bandon, Cork

Siobhan NiGhairbhith, St Tola, Inagh Farmhouse Cheese, Clare

Sylvia Meulmeester Greenes Rest/Cork Food Week Cork Cork

Therese McDermott, Waterford Festival of Food Ltd, Dungarvan, Waterford

Yvonne Carty, Hey Pesto!, Offaly

An admirable selection of the finest Food Champions operating in Ireland today. I think they will be a credit to the progression of Irish Food on the National and the International Culinary Stage. 
Congratulations to you all!


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