Now in its twelfth year and considered the most prestigious and authoritative culinary event in the Irish calendar, the annual Food and Wine Magazine/Louis Latour Restaurant of the Year Awards are due to be announced at a gala luncheon at the Dublin Convention Centre on Sunday, August 19.
The awards recognise and reward Ireland’s best restaurants and chefs and this year sees two Mayo restaurants are in the running.
La Fougere at Knockranny House Hotel and Spa and Nephin Restaurant at Mulranny Park Hotel, are included alongside eight other restaurants in the shortlist for Best Restaurant from Connacht.
The best restaurant and best chef from each county will receive regional awards before the final announcement of the overall Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year is made.
Also in contention for Best Chef is Ollie O’Regan of Nephin Restaurant and Seamus Commons from La Fougere, along with colleague Nick Faujours who is shortlisted for Best Sommelier.
Other award categories include Best Service, Best Ethnic and World Cuisine and Best Wine Experience.
Ross Golden-Bannon, Food and 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.”