Co. Kildare pub Silken Thomas has been announced as the overall title winner of the Ireland's Great Roast 2021 competition.
The competition, which is held in association with Knorr Professional, celebrates the best roast dinners made by hospitality venues in Ireland.
Silken Thomas was one of 20 venues that were shortlisted for the 2021 competition.
Mystery diners ate at each of the shortlisted venues, and each venue was scored for food quality, customer service and overall value.
Silken Thomas will receive €3,000 towards catering equipment as well as support for marketing and PR as part of its prize for winning the competition.
Silken Thomas's win follows its win of the title of Great Carvey of the Year - Pub in 2018 in a competition that was also held in association with Knorr Professional.
Silken Thomas Representative Statement
Brian Flannagan of Silken Thomas stated, "I'm delighted for the team that we've won Ireland's Great Roast competition. They work hard every day to produce the best quality food for our customers. Over the past 20 years, we have continued to focus on ensuring we used the freshest and best quality ingredients possible. Fresh produce cooked correctly will never disappoint.
"We serve over 1,250 roast dinners each week and make sure each one is as good as the last. We've a very loyal customer base in Kildare so consistency is important. But we also take great pride in the hospitality and warm welcome each customer gets."
Unilever Food Solutions Executive Chef Statement
Audrey Crone, executive chef at Unilever Food Solutions, stated, "Given the challenges faced by the hospitality sector over the past 18 months, we were really pleased to see that the focus on serving quality food hasn’t waned. It takes time and care to prepare and cook quality roast meals. So, it's important we recognise this with awards like Ireland's Great Roast competition. It’s a huge credit to the management, chef and service team at the Silken Thomas and it’s fantastic they are acknowledged with this win."
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