Compass Ireland, alongside six of its culinary experts, took to judging the awards, with leaders being named in various awards categories, namely: Best Dish, Best Vegan Dish, Best Restaurant Front-of-House Dressing, Best-Dressed Exhibitor, Best-Dressed Feature, Best Use of Local & Artisan Producers, and Most Sustainable Event Build.
Shay Kendrick, culinary director at Compass Ireland, who judged and presented the awards to this year’s winners, said, “It was an honour to represent Compass Ireland, sponsoring this year’s Best in Taste award. We pride ourselves on our commitment to sourcing local ingredients, supporting our nation’s growers, and championing a more sustainable approach to foodservice.
“I found inspiration in so many of the plates I tasted – we truly have some of the most incredible artisans waving the flag for our unstoppable Irish food scene. Choosing just one team to take home Best in Taste was extremely difficult. The quality on show today was phenomenal.”
The winners in each category were as follows:
Best Dish: First place, The Salt Project; second place, Los Chicanos; third place, Shouk.
Best Vegan Dish: Dosa Dosa
Best-Dressed Exhibitor: First place, Valentia Island Vermouth; second place, Harry’s Nut Butter; third place, Grá Chocolates.
Best-Dressed Feature: First place, Fercullen Irish Whiskey; second place, London Essence; third place, Schweppes’ Cocktail Bar.
Best Restaurant Front-of-House Dressing: Bahay
Best Use of Local & Artisan Producers: The Salt Project
Most Sustainable Event Build: De’Longhi
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