The winners of the 2021 Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards have been announced.
Describing this year’s awards as ‘a kind of love letter to Irish food and hospitality’ Georgina Campbell said that Ireland’s food, tourism and hospitality is an exciting and ever-developing story.
“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,” said Georgina Campbell.
Celebrating 23 years in their current incarnation, the awards recognise and honour Ireland’s standard-bearers in food and hospitality with particular emphasis this year on the industry heroes who have maintained quality and put out the welcome mat with a smile whenever permitted during the pandemic.
“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,” said Georgina.
This year’s winners include:
- Alex and Carina Conyngham Slane Castle and Rock Farm Slane Co Meath – Movers & Shakers Award
- Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen Dublin – Restaurant of the Year
- Damien Grey Liath Blackrock Co Dublin – Chef of the Year
- Bites by Kwanghi Dublin – Street Food of the Year
- The Olde Glen Carrigart Co Donegal – Pub of the Year
- Park Hotel Kenmare Co Kerry – 5-Star Hotel of the Year
- Cliff at Lyons Celbridge Co Kildare – 4-Star Hotel of the Year
- The Station House Hotel Kilmessan Co Meath – 3-Star Hotel of the Year
- The Wicklow Escape Donard Co Wicklow – Memorable Experience of the Year