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Shortlist for the 2014 FOOD&WINE Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards

The FOOD&WINE Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards, now in its 14th year, are considered one of the most prestigious and authoritative culinary awards in the Irish calendar. Recognising the best Irish restaurants and culinary talent, diners from all over Ireland were invited to nominate their favourite restaurants and chefs.
The top entries went forward for deliberation by a national culinary panel of judges made up of industry experts and national food critics. After much deliberation on each category, each judge voted in secret for their top 10 in each category, including the top 10 restaurants and chefs from all four provinces, with Dublin treated separately.

The national awards for Overall Best Chef and Overall Best Restaurant were put through a further judging process, where the entire judging panel and all previous panel members voted electronically and in private. 

All of the regional and national winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 17 August. In addition to Best Chef and Best Restaurant, awards will also be presented for Best Sommelier, Best Service, Best World Cuisine and Best Wine Experience.

 “This year, we are very excited to recognise emerging chefs and restaurateurs who have been striving for excellence over the last year and are now getting the accolades they deserve. Of course, established restaurants that continue to innovate, yet maintain the same standards of excellence, will always be rewarded. It is also encouraging to see a significant growth in quality, regional eateries across the country this year, which provided plenty of fodder for debate during the judging process,” commented Miriam Atkins, editor of FOOD&WINE Magazine. 

N.B -Shortlist is in Alphabetical Order, placing to be announced on Sunday August 17th at the Four Seasons Dublin

Best Restaurant
Best Restaurant Ulster - Shortlist
4th Wall, Belfast
Balloo House, Down
Coppi, Belfast
Deanes Meat Locker Belfast
Hadskis, Belfast
James Street South Restaurant, Belfast
MacNean House & Restaurant, Cavan
Ox, Belfast
Rayanne House, Down
The Catalina Restaurant, Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh

Best Restaurant Munster - Shortlist
1826 Adare, Limerick
Ballymaloe House, Cork
Gregans Castle, Clare
Les Gourmandises, Cork
Longueville House, Cork
Sage, Cork
The Cliff House, Waterford
The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, Limerick
The Tannery, Dungarvan, Waterford
Wild Honey Inn, Clare

Best Restaurant Leinster - Shortlist
Campagne Restaurant, Gashouse Lane, Kilkenny City
Aldridge Lodge Restaurant, New Ross, Wexford
Brabazon Restaurant, Tankardstown House, Slane, Meath
Chakra by Jaipur, Greystones, Wicklow
Dunbrody House, Wexford
Lady Helen, Mount Juliet, Kilkenny
Sha-Roe, Carlow
The Strawberry Tree Restaurant at Brooklodge & Wells Spa, Macreddin Village, Wicklow
Vie de Chateaux, Naas,  Kildare
Viewmount House, Longford

Best Restaurant Connacht - Shortlist
An Port Mór, Westport, Mayo
Aniar Restaurant,  Lower Dominick St, Galway
Ashford Castle Hotel, Cong, Mayo
Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara
Coopershill House, Sligo
Inis Meain Restaurant, Aran Islands, Galway
Kai Café and Restaurant, Sea Road, Galway
La Fougere Restaurant, Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, Mayo
O'Grady's on the Pier, Barna, Galway
Oscar's Seafood Bistro, Galway

Best Restaurant Dublin - Shortlist
Ananda, Dundrum, Dublin 14
Chapter One, Parnell Square
Dax, Pembroke Street Upper, Dublin
Forest Avenue, Sussex Road
L'Ecrivain, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin
Pearl Brasserie, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin
Restaurant Forty One at Residence, St Stephens Green
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud 
The Greenhouse, Dawson St
Thorntons, Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen's Green

Best Chef

Best Chef Ulster - Shortlist
Carl Johansen, James Street South Bistro Bar & Grill, Belfast
Chris Fearon, Deanes at Queens, Belfast
Conor McClellend, Rayanne House, Belfast
Danny Millar, Balloo House, Down
David Gillmore, James Street South Restaurant, Belfast
Ian Orr, Browns, Derry
Neven Maguire, MacNean House & Restaurant, Cavan
Niall McKenna, Hadskis, Belfast
Noel McMeel, The Catalina, Fermanagh
Simon Toye, Deanes Meat Locker, Belfast

Best Chef Munster - Shortlist
Aidan McGrath, Wild Honey Inn, Clare
Caithlyn Ruth, Deasy's Harbor Bar
David Hurley, Gregans Castle, Clare
Eddie Ongchok Fong, Aroi
Eric Theze, La Boheme, Waterford
Kevin Aherne, Sage, Cork
Martijn Kajuiter, The Cliff House, Waterford
Paul Flynn, The Tannery Restaurant, Waterford
Wade Murphy, 1826 Adare, Limerick
William O'Callaghan, Longueville House, Cork

Best Chef Leinster - Shortlist
Aidan MacManus, King Sitric, Howth, County Dublin
Billy Whitty, Aldridge Lodge, Wexford
Cormac Rowe, The Lady Helen, Mount Juliet, Kilkenny
Garrett Byrne, Campagne, Kilkenny
Gary O'Hanlon, Viewmount House Restaurant, Dublin Road, Longford
Henry Stone, Sha-Roe, Carlow
Lalit Kumar, Chakra by Jaipur, Greystones, Wicklow
Oliver Dunne, Bon Appetit, Malahide, County Dublin
Robbie Krawczyk, Brabazon Restaurant, Tankardstown House, Meath
Tim Daly, The Strawberry Tree, The Brooklodge & Wells Spa, Wicklow

Best Chef Connacht - Shortlist
Christina McCauley, Coopershill House, Sligo
Frankie Mallon, An Port Mór, Westport, Mayo
Jessica Murphy, Kai Café and Restaurant, 20 Sea Rd, Galway
Johnathan Keane, The Lodge at Ashford, Mayo
JP McMahon, Cava Bodega, Galway
Michael O'Meara, Oscars Seafood Restaurant, Galway
Ruairi de Blacam, Inis Meain, Aran islands, Galway
Seamus Commons, La Fougére Restaurant, Knockranny, Westport, Mayo
Tim O'Sullivan, Renvyle House Hotel, Renvyle, Connemara, Galway
Ultan Cooke, Aniar Restaurant, Lower Dominick St, Galway

Best Chef Dublin - Shortlist
Conor O'Dowd, Dax
Derry Clarke, l'Ecrivain, Lower Bagott Street
Graham Neville, Restaurant Forty One at Residence, St Stephens Green 
Guillaume Lebrun, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
John Wyer, Forest Avenue, Sussex Road, Dublin 4
Kevin Thornton, Thornton's
Mickael Viljanen, The Greenhouse Restaurant, Dawson Street
Ross Lewis, Chapter One, Parnell Square
Stephen Gibson, Pichet, Trinity St
Sunil Ghai, Ananda, Dundrum, Dublin 14

National Shortlist

Best Wine Experience
Ballymaloe, Cork
Chapter One, Dublin
Dax, Dublin
Ely Wine Bar, Ely Place, Dublin 2
Greenacres, Wexford
Kelly's Resort Hotel, Wexford
La Fougere, Knockranny, Mayo
Ox, Belfast
Restaurant Forty-One, Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin

Best Sommelier
Alain Kerloc'h, Ox, Belfast
Colm McCan, Ballymaloe, Cork
Damian Corr, The Cellar, Dublin
Ed Jolliffe, Chapter One, Dublin
Ian Brosnan, Ely Wine Bar, Dublin
Martina Delaney, l'Ecrivain, Dublin
Nicolas Fajours, La Fougere, Mayo
Nisea Doddy, The Shelbourne, Dublin
Pierre-Marie Faure, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin
Thomy Sabbe, Pearl Brasserie
Victor Nedelea, Restaurant Forty-One, Residence, Dublin
Best Casual Dining
1826 Adare, Limerick
Aroi, Limerick
Etto, D2
Fade Street Social, D2
Farmgate, English Market
Farmgate, Midleton, Cork
James Street South Bar & Grill, Belfast
Las Tapas de Lola, D2
The Black Pig, Kinsale, Cork
Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvana

Ethnic & World Cuisine
Ananda, Dundrum, Dublin
Aroi, Limerick
Chakra by Jaipur, Greystones, Wicklow
China Sichuan, Sandyford, Dublin
Las Tapas de Lola, Dublin 2
M&L Chinese Restaurant, Dublin
Montys of Kathmandu, Dublin 1
Musashi, Capel Street, Dublin
Rasam, Glasthule, County Dublin
Saba, Dublin

Best Service
Ananda, Dundrum, Dublin 14
Chapter One, Dublin
L'Ecrivain, Dublin
Ox, Belfast
Rayanne House, Down
Renvyle House Hotel, Galway
Restaurant Forty One, Dublin
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin
The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, Limerick
The Tannery, Dungarvan, Waterford
Viewmount House, Longford

The winners of the 14th Annual FOOD&WINE Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards will be announced at a gala luncheon on Sunday 17 August at The Four Seasons, Dublin 4.

Best of Luck to all involved!


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