Winners Of 2021 Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards Announced
The winners of the 2021 Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards have been announced.
As reported by The Irish Times, editor and publisher Georgina Campbell described this year's awards as "a kind of love letter to Irish food and hospitality," and said, "I am lost in admiration for all of the brave and dedicated people in the sector who have stretched themselves to the limit to keep their businesses (many of them family owned) going, keep their staff together if at all possible, and provide incredibly creative alternative services to customers."
Campbell reportedly commended the creativity and resilence of restaurateurs and their employees, and said, "Despite the early worries about mass closures, the most surprising thing about the last couple of years is the number of new openings, especially restaurants, cafés and, of course, food trucks, alongside some superb pivoting and diversification, notably the excellent retail operations that many restaurants have developed alongside, or sometimes to replace, the core business."
Campbell reportedly acknowledged the changing face of hospitality during the COVID-19 pandemic by introducing new awards for "Best Pivot", "Best Collaboration" and "Street Food of the Year", while also rebuffing suggestions of the demise of fine dining, and said, "While there is undoubtedly a swing towards more casual styles, and the pandemic has emphasised that, you have only to look at our restaurant of the year and chef of the year to see that the very finest of fine dining is very much alive and doing extremely well, thank you. And it is providing a strong foundation for the food tourism which will undoubtedly blossom as the pandemic recedes."
The winners the Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards 2021 are as follows:
RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen, Dublin
CHEF OF THE YEAR
Damien Grey, Liath, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
SEAFOOD CHEF OF THE YEAR
Denis Vaughan, Vaughans, Liscannor and Lahinch, Co. Clare
‘MOVERS & SHAKERS’ AWARD
Alex and Carina Conyngham, Slane Castle and Rock Farm, Slane, Co. Meath
PUB OF THE YEAR
The Olde Glen Carrigart Co. Donegal
HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Five-star hotel: Park Hotel, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Four-star hotel: Cliff at Lyons, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
Three-star hotel: The Station House Hotel, Kilmessan, Co. Meath
BEST ACTIVITY BREAKS
Five-star hotel: Ashford Castle Estate, Cong, Co. Mayo
Four-star hotel: Mulranny Park Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo
Three-star hotel: Arnolds Hotel Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal
COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE YEAR
Enniscoe House, Ballina, Co. Mayo
GUESTHOUSE OF THE YEAR
Castlewood House, Dingle, Co. Kerry
B&B OF THE YEAR
Hazelwood Lodge, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
BEST GARDENS & GARDEN STAYS
Visitor attraction: Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Connemara, Co. Galway
Country house and heritage gardens: Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens, Great Island, Campile, Co. Wexford
Historic garden stay and dine: Burtown House & Garden, Athy, Co. Kildare
Boutique hotel and gardens: Marlfield House, Gorey, Co. Wexford
OUTDOOR DINING AWARD
Historic house: Butler House & Garden, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Guesthouse: Gleesons, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon
Restaurant: Old Street Restaurant, Malahide, Co. Dublin
“HAPPY PLACE” AWARD
Hotel: Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, Ballymena, Co. Antrim
Restaurant: An Port Mór , Westport, Co. Mayo
Café: Good Day Deli, Cork
Pub: Blairs Inn, Cloghroe, Co. Cork
Radio: Neven Maguire, MacNean House & Restaurant, Blacklion, Co. Cavan
(Marty Whelan’s breakfast show on RTE LyricFM)
BUSINESS HOTEL OF THE YEAR
InterContinental Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin
FAMILY FRIENDLY HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa, Adare, Co. Limerick
PET FRIENDLY HOTEL OF THE YEAR
The Twelve Hotel, Barna, Co. Galway
Restaurant: Dough Bros, Galway
Chef: Gráinne Mullins , Grá Chocolates, Kilchreest, Co. Galway
Person: Kevin Aherne, Sage, Midleton, Co. Cork
Producer: Ballymakenny Farm, Ballymakenny, Co Louth
Gaz Smith Michaels, Mount Merrion & Higgins Family Butchers, Sutton
Whelehans Wines & China Sichuan, Dublin
STREET FOOD OF THE YEAR
Bites by Kwanghi, Dublin
Person: Claire Nash, Nash 19 Restaurant & Food Shop, Cork
Restaurant: Cyprus Avenue, Belfast
Event: Food on the Edge
Hotel: No. 1 Pery Square Hotel, Limerick
GLOBAL CUISINE AWARD
Rasam Restaurant, Glasthule, Co. Dublin
Boann Distillery, Drogheda, Co. Louth
The Wicklow Escape, Donard, Co. Wicklow
HIDEAWAY OF THE YEAR
Barrow House, Tralee, Co. Kerry
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2021
Camus Farm Field Kitchen, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Hotel: Gregans Castle Hotel, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
Restaurant: BuJo, Sandymount, Dublin
Producer: Seagull Bakery, Tramore, Co. Waterford
Food truck: The Salty Buoy by Niall Sabongi, Dublin
THE LITTLE THINGS AWARD
Housekeeping: Mary Bourke, The Mustard Seed, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick
Toiletries: The Handmade Soap Company, Slane, Co. Meath
Flowers: Flower Farmers of Ireland
Tableware: Fermoyle Pottery, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry
Soft furnishings: Magee 1866, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
TASTE OF THE WATERWAYS AWARD
Hotel: Keenans of Tarmonbarry, Co. Roscommon
Restaurant: The Red Bank Restaurant, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Pub: Larkins Bar & Restaurant, Garrykennedy, Co. Tipperary
IRISH BREAKFAST AWARD
Hotel: The Mariner, Westport, Co. Mayo
Guesthouse: The Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
B&B: Bervie, Achill, Co. Mayo
InterContinental Dublin General Manager Statement
Commenting on InterContinental Dublin winning the award for "Business Hotel of the Year", the hotel's general manager, Nicky Logue, said, "I am delighted for the hotel and our team to be chosen as the 'Business Hotel of the Year' 2021 in the Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards. It has been such a tough time over the past year plus for the industry, and we had to postpone so many events during that period, but we are so happy that we can once again return to events and showcase the best of the Hotel and its facilities as a top location for meetings and events."
Burger King Becomes Africa's First Fast Food Outlet To Offer Vegan Meat Under V-Label
In other restaurant news, Burger King is to bring V-Label vegan meat alternatives to Africa as the continent celebrates its first foray into accredited plant-based meat.
Burger King South Africa will introduce the plant-based Whopper, Vegan Royale and Vegan Nuggets to its South African restaurants. The new additions contain all the authentic Burger King flavour, but with 0% meat and 100% plant-based ingredients.
South Africa has lagged behind this international trend in a few areas, including a lack of quality offerings in the fast food space, and the absence of an internationally recognised vegan accreditation for local companies.
According to NGO ProVeg South Africa, both of these areas have been given a significant boost this week with the introduction of V-Label, Europe's largest vegan accreditation programme, which coincides with the launch of Burger King’s new plant-based and vegan menu options.
Donovan Will, the director of ProVeg South Africa (who administer V-Label locally), believes that these launches will inspire more interest in plant-based food in South Africa. He said, "The V-Label symbol is going to increase awareness of veganism, and make it easier for consumers to identify vegan options and trust that they are truly vegan, and I think a lot of people still view vegan options as products only for vegans and vegetarians, and assume that there will be a taste sacrifice, but Burger King’s new products are so similar to their existing products that consumers who try them won’t even know the difference, even though they’re healthier and more sustainable and at a great price."
Burger King is not the first fast food chain in South Africa to offer meat-free options. Steers, McDonald's and Wimpy all have "veggie" burger options, but what sets the Burger King launch apart is their endorsement from an internationally recognised vegan label. Notably absent from the list of chains offering vegan options in South Africa are KFC, Nando's and Pizza Hut, who all have vegan offerings internationally.
The new menu options are part of Burger King's goal to become the global leader in plant-based alternatives in the quick-service restaurant space. Juan Klopper, chief operating officer of Burger King South Africa, said, "Our aim is to offer vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based alternatives that do not compromise on flavour or price. Why should it? By working with The Vegetarian Butcher and V-Label, we know we can create the industry's leading vegan and vegetarian recipes to truly bring BK to you Your Way®."
V-Label, who have committed to working with Burger King to expand their plant-based and vegan range, are confident that South Africans will embrace the new options not just for their quality, but for the positive impact these innovative products have on the planet.
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