Dan Cronin’s of Newcastle west limerick has won the title of All-Ireland Chowder Champion, at the 8th annual All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off in Kinsale, Co. Cork on Sunday 22nd April.
Some 25 professional chefs from all over the country converged on Ireland’s gourmet capital, the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way, for the competition.
The All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off, which is sponsored by Clóna, cork Gas centre, took place in a marquee on the lawn at Acton’s Hotel on the seafront. It was the highlight of a two day food festival, hosted by the town’s Good Food Circle, an association of local restaurants.
The best chowder was judged by the ticket holders, many of whom had travelled from all over Ireland to support their competing chef. Around 1000 people sampled a variety of chowders, noting their preferences on a card before casting their vote. Competition among the chefs was intense, with variations on the classic chowder, and imaginative baking adding to the fun.
Restaurants from every corner of Ireland were in attendance with their own secret ingredients. The top three chowders as voted by the public were as follows:
- 3rd place: Pol Shields of Marine hotel in Antrim
- 2nd place: Bengi Conmy of the Waterfront Hotel in Donegal
- 1st place: Dan Cronin gastro pub from Limerick
Danny Martinez Doyle, the head chef at Dan Cronin’s, said afterwards: “I never thought I’d win,” he said. “It was great just to come here and cook, I can’t believe we’ve won!”
Liam Edwards thanked all the chefs and their teams for travelling to Kinsale at their own expense and putting on such a fine display of seafood. “It is a great day for seafood, a great day for chowder, and a great day for everybody,” he said.
The winner also received the Derek Davis Perpetual Trophy, named in memory of the event’s original compere, who presided over the event in his inimitable style last year, shortly before his untimely passing. The trophy was commissioned from Kinsale Silver especially for the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off, and designed and made in their Market Street premises.
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