Restaurant Awards Ireland 2022 | The Irish Times (2022)

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Best Restaurant

We are looking for a restaurant that ticks all the boxes - exemplary customer service, wonderful atmosphere and of course, outstanding food. Nominate a place that you would recommend to anyone who wants to impress their guests, and that you would return to time and time again.

Best Chef

This award represents the chef who demonstrates an immense passion for food – someone who is committed to quality and the pursuit of creative new dining experiences. Nominate someone who has opened your mind to exciting new flavours and consistently produces top quality dishes.

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Best Wine Experience

This award recognises the restaurant that prides itself on its wine selection. An interesting array of wines will be on offer to cater for a wide range of wine lovers, and will be appropriate for the type of cuisine served. There should be a well-chosen selection from quality producers that provides a thematic match to the menu in terms of both price and style.

Best Gastro Pub

This award recognises the gastro pub that offers an innovative menu of food which suitably complements their drink selection. The Best Gastropub will provide restaurant quality dining, whilst not compromising on the traditional ‘pub’ atmosphere. Table service is not a necessity – some gastropubs require food to be ordered at the bar. Customer service should still be of a high standard.

Best Casual Dining Restaurant

We are on the search for the best casual dining establishment offering top quality food, great customer service and genuine hospitality. Whether its table service or order at a counter, the atmosphere should be relaxed and informal. Décor, style of food and culture of each establishment will vary widely but should all complement each other within each restaurant.

Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant

The best hotel restaurant will encompass all the qualities of great hospitality – exemplary customer service, top quality food and a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. We are looking for somewhere that extends its outstanding hospitality to both residents and walk-in guests alike.

Best Customer Service

The winner of this award will be one that consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to its customers. Staff will be attentive, friendly and prompt, but not overbearing. It will be evident that they have been trained in the art of great customer service, and they will also be knowledgeable of both the food and wine menus. They will be professional and well presented at all times, and represent the customs and culture of the restaurant.

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Best Newcomer

This award represents the best break-through establishment that has been in operation for less than 12 months (opened in/after January 2019) – offering an impressive dining experience, innovative menu and has had significant impact in the industry within a short time. They will have proven marketing abilities and a loyal customer following.

Best Restaurant Manager

This award recognises the individual that oversees the day to day operation of the restaurant with enthusiasm and expertise. They will be an exceptional leader for their team and will be able to handle any situation that arises. They will demonstrate strong business acumen, working knowledge of the industry and an intimate knowledge of the menu and wines being offered. The restaurant manager will be the face of the establishment and will have a good rapport with both new and returning customers.

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine

This award will go to the restaurant that displays a genuine commitment to actively influencing the future of Irish cuisine by encouraging us to try something new, while simultaneously reminding us of our heritage. The menu will showcase the best of Irish produce from the land and sea. Traditional Irish dishes may be rejuvenated with a modern twist. Unique and modern ingredients, methods and styles of cooking may be used.

Best Sustainable Practices

This award goes to the hospitality establishment engaging in sustainable practices & activities in the day to day running of their business.

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Local Food Hero

The Local Food Hero award recognises the individual that promotes food culture in their locality and inspires people to get involved with food. They may be actively encouraging the restaurants in their area to use local produce, or perhaps they are working to attract food tourists by creating food trails and markets. Or maybe they provide the finest quality ingredients. Nominate your hero and write a few words on why you would like them to win.

Best World Cuisine

We are looking for a restaurant that provides a genuine international experience for their diners. The winner should provide outstanding food, excellent customer service and a real insight into their culture through both the dishes and the decor. We want to see what global delights are available right on our own doorstep.

Best Cafe

This award represents the establishment that strives to provide the best coffee and dining experience, using ethically sourced ingredients and delivering outstanding customer service. Knowledgeable baristas, great quality food and a warm and inviting atmosphere. Nominate your go-to place for a casual lunch with friends, or a quick bite on the go.

Pub of the Year

The Pub of the Year is one that caters to all tastes - from whiskey lovers to craft beer enthusiasts. A wide selection of quality beverages should be on offer. The atmosphere should be comfortable and welcoming with that traditional 'pub feel'. Staff will value their customers and be able to recommend drinks without hesitation. The winner should be popular with locals and visitors alike, and should inspire high standards.

Best Cocktail Experience (National)

This award goes to the restaurant or bar which brings a creative and exciting approach to cocktails, coupled with flair and imaginative presentation. Nominees for Best Cocktail Experience will be invited to submit an original cocktail recipe and the next stage is a live cocktail competition where the drinks will be made and presented to a panel of experts.

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Best Digital Marketing (National)

This award goes to the restaurant whose social media design, communication and presentation is creative, innovative and on-trend. Nominate a restaurant that you actively follow across various online platforms, and that engages and delights their customers in novel ways.

Best Seafood Experience (National)

This award goes to the restaurant offering an mouth-watering selection of fresh Irish seafood and whose presentation highlights the unique qualities of the ingredients. Locally sourced seafood is important for both ensuring freshness, and supporting the local economy. Nominate your favourite restaurant for a seafood experience.

Best Private Dining and Club Restaurant (National)

This award goes to the restaurant offering an mouth-watering selection of fresh Irish seafood and whose presentation highlights the unique qualities of the ingredients. Locally sourced seafood is important for both ensuring freshness, and supporting the local economy. Nominate your favourite restaurant for a seafood experience.

Best Cookery School (National)

This award goes to the cookery school who contributes greatly to food culture in Ireland by educating its students in nutrition and best practice in the preparation, cooking and presentation of food to a high standard. The winning school will have the ability to foster a passion for culinary arts within its students from experienced chefs and tutors. The school will produce a high standard of graduates who have the necessary skills and techniques to go on and become successful chefs.

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Best Free Form

Dishes must be 'Free From' at least 1 of the following allergens: celery, crustaceans, eggs, fish, gluten, peanuts, soybeans, milk and products thereof (including lactose), mustard, nuts, sesame seed, sulphur dioxide and sulphites, lupin and molluscs. Please note that sugar free and 'meat free' meals are also eligible for nomination.

Entrants should have a variety of ‘free from’ meal options on their menus to cater for a ‘free from’ audience, however their menus do not need to be entirely ‘free from’.

FAQs

What is the highest restaurant award? ›

The Michelin Guide

The Michelin Guide's awarded Michelin Stars have become the most coveted and respected culinary award a restaurant or chef can receive.

What awards are given to restaurants? ›

What Are the Culinary Awards?
  • Michelin Stars. Michelin stars are the top international awards. ...
  • Bib Gourmond. The Bib Gourmond is awarded to acknowledge the 95 percent of restaurants that don't have Michelin stars. ...
  • Zagat Awards. ...
  • The James Beard Foundation Awards. ...
  • The AA Hospitality Awards. ...
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How do you get a food award? ›

To be eligible, entrants/nominees must be based and operate in London. The judges will be looking for nominations that demonstrate clear examples (backed up by evidence) of how entrants/nominees work to reduce the negative, and increase the positive, impact on the food system of what they do.

Who is the best chef in Ireland? ›

Mickael Viljanen is a celebrity in the foodie universe. The Chef-Patron of the multi-award-winning Chapter One restaurant in Dublin and one of only few chefs in Ireland to be awarded two Michelin stars, is celebrated for his sublime craft, technical precision and masterful manipulation of flavours.

Can you get 4 Michelin Stars? ›

Perhaps disappointingly, the answer is no - three is still the maximum number of Michelin stars that can be awarded to any one restaurant.

Do any restaurants have 5 Michelin Stars? ›

Michelin star restaurants in America

Seven of those three stars are in California, five are in New York, one in Illinois, and one in Washington D.C. Chef Thomas Keller is the only chef who can claim two of those three-stars, awarded to The French Laundry in California and Per Se in New York.

What is the highest honor a chef can get? ›

The Michelin star is undoubtedly the highest honour within the international culinary industry. Some people have gone as far as calling them “the Oscars of the culinary world”. Chefs all across the world dedicate their lives to earning just one coveted star in recognition of their excellence.

Is a James Beard Award better than a Michelin Star? ›

The culinary world is full of accolades, from local media recognition to the James Beard Awards. But no honor is quite as prestigious as the Michelin star, an honor bestowed on restaurants that are models of exceptional food and dining experience.

How many Michelin stars can a restaurant have? ›

Being awarded three Michelin stars is the highest accolade a restaurant can receive.

Does Ireland have any Michelin stars? ›

Ireland now has a total of 18 Michelin star restaurants – that's according to the experts The Michelin Guide to Great Britain & Ireland, which announced this year's awards today. Not completely unexpected, Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen has gained two stars.

Who is the most famous celebrity chef? ›

1. Gordon Ramsay. Surprise, surprise – to no one, Gordon Ramsay is the most popular chef in the world. The ultra-famous chef and TV personality is probably the most well-known celebrity chef ever.

Who is the most famous TV chef? ›

The 25 Most Influential TV Chefs of All Time, Ranked
  1. Julia Child. Notable shows:The French Chef (1963-73), In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs (1995), Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home (1999)
  2. Emeril Lagasse. ...
  3. Martha Stewart. ...
  4. Guy Fieri. ...
  5. Gordon Ramsay. ...
  6. James Beard. ...
  7. Mario Batali. ...
  8. Rachael Ray. ...
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What Is Free From Food Awards? ›

The Free From Food Awards are the UK's only award dedicated to free from food and drink. Established in 2008, our eye-catching yellow logo has become synonymous with quality and innovation.

How do you win a Great Taste Award? ›

That all depends on the competition that has been entered. The Great Taste awards are judged blind - your product alone has to be outstanding in order to wow the judges. Packaging can be as a jazzy and eye catching as you want, but the little bit of food that it contains has to be able to hold its own when it counts.

What is the Observer food Monthly Awards? ›

The Observer Food Monthly Awards had a much-anticipated return after three years away to champion the best in food and drink across the UK, as voted for by Observer readers and a panel of judges.

Can you lose a Michelin Star? ›

The guide is updated annually, and while restaurants can lose their stars if they close during the year of assessment, they will not lose the stars if the head chef leaves, even if it's just after a new guide has been released, as long is there is continuity of culinary quality.

How many Michelin stars is Gordon Ramsay? ›

Gordon Ramsay: 17 Michelin Stars

Ramsay is associated with seven current Michelin Stars, but throughout his career his restaurants have earned a total of 17 stars. His first taste of these coveted awards came in 2001 when his namesake restaurant earned three Michelin Stars.

What is below a Michelin Star? ›

Not quite a star, but most definitely not a consolation prize, the Bib Gourmand - named after Bibendum, the friendly Michelin Man and the official company mascot for the Michelin Group - is a just-as-esteemed rating that recognizes friendly establishments that serve good food at moderate prices.

Who is the youngest chef to win 3 Michelin stars? ›

In January 1995, aged 33, White became the first British chef (and the youngest chef at the time) to be awarded three Michelin stars. He has trained notable chefs such as Mario Batali, Heston Blumenthal, Shannon Bennett, Gordon Ramsay and Curtis Stone.
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Does Jamie Oliver have Michelin star? ›

Does Jamie Oliver have a Michelin star? While Jamie Oliver is a household name within his industry, he has yet to receive a Michelin star. However, he has nonetheless won a wide selection of other awards.

Why is Nobu so famous? ›

Known for his fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients, Nobu has created one of the most recognized Japanese restaurants in the world.

Who is the best chef in the world in 2022? ›

1. Dabiz Muñoz
  • #1 Dabiz Muñoz. Spain.
  • #2 Rene Redzepi. Denmark.
  • #3 Joan Roca. Spain.
  • #4 Massimo Bottura. Italy.
  • #5 Andoni Luis Aduriz. Spain.
  • #6 Bjorn Frantzén. Sweden.
  • #7 Disfrutar. Spain.
  • #8 Alain Passard. France.
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Who is considered the best chef of all time? ›

Joël Robuchon, 31 Michelin Stars

He holds number one spot among the world's top 10 chefs, making him the world's best chef according to the Michelin star rating. Though he died with "just" 28 stars, Robuchon was at one point the proud owner of 31. He was also named "Chef of the Century" numerous times.

Who's the best chef in the world? ›

Joël Robuchin holds the number one spot amongst the world's top 10 chefs, making him the best chef in the world according to Michelin star ratings.
  • Chef-Joel-Robuchon.
  • Chef-Alain-Ducasse.
  • Chef-Gordon-Ramsay.
  • Chef-Pierre-Gagnaire.
  • Chef-Martin-Berasategui.
  • Chef-Yannick-Alleno.

Are Michelin restaurants worth it? ›

Achieving the status of a Michelin Star rating is one of the most coveted accolades for a restaurant. It lets consumers know that it ranks as the best in the world for food and dining experience. Food-lovers are always in for a treat when visiting a Michelin Star Restaurant.

What does it take to win a James Beard Award? ›

What are the James Beard Awards? The James Beard Awards recognizes exceptional talent and achievement in the culinary arts, hospitality, media, and broader food system, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive.

What are the best chefs called? ›

Also known as a head chef or a master chef, an executive chef is the overall kitchen boss. This position is the pinnacle of any chef career. An executive chef doesn't spend all their time cooking but manages every operation in the kitchen. There is usually only one executive chef at any restaurant.

Is Gordon Ramsay a Michelin star chef? ›

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay opened in 1998, and quickly received the most prestigious accolade in the culinary world – three Michelin stars. Today, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is London's longest-running restaurant to hold this award, and Ramsay is one of only four chefs in the UK to maintain three stars.

Do restaurants lose a star when the chef dies? ›

The difference is subtle, but important, as it means that restaurants do not automatically lose their stars if a chef dies. A great example of this is the famous flagship restaurant of gastronomic legend Paul Bocuse.

How long does a Michelin star last? ›

Michelin will re-review every 18 months (they claim) unless they receive a specific complaint about a place, in which case they will form an emergency review strike team. Gordon Ramsay's The London lost two stars overnight after a complaint was filed.

How many Michelin stars does Ireland have? ›

Ireland now has a total of 18 Michelin star restaurants.

How many 3 Michelin star restaurants are there in the world? ›

The 2021 Michelin Guides list 143 restaurants with 3 Michelin stars.

What is the difference between Michelin Guide and Michelin star? ›

Michelin stars originated when the Michelin tire company created a culinary guidebook, known as The Michelin Guide. Accolades such as a Bib Gourmand or one Michelin star are a huge honor, but to be awarded two or more stars means that your food is worth traveling for.

Who trained Gordon Ramsay? ›

After earning a vocational diploma in hotel management from North Oxon Technical College in 1987, he moved to London and began honing his culinary skills under chef Marco Pierre White at the restaurant Harvey's and under chef Albert Roux at La Gavroche.

Who is the best woman chef in the world? ›

Leonor Espinosa: 'The World's Best Female Chef 2022'

Epinosa has long been involved with Funleo, a non-profit organisation she founded in 2008 with her daughter, Laura Hernández-Espinosa (Leo's chief sommelier).

What chef owns the most restaurants? ›

#1: Alain Ducasse

Throughout his career, he has operated over 30 restaurants, his most famous being Ducasse in Paris.

Who is the highest paid chef on Food Network? ›

Guy Fieri, known for his spiky beach blond hair and a massive appetite, is the highest-paid celebrity chef on cable television. The 54-year-old is the host of the highly acclaimed "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dive" and "Guy's Grocery Games" on the Food Network.

Why do they make 4 plates on Guy's Grocery Games? ›

As Allen pointed out in an interview with Food Network, "If someone gets chopped I have to have a plate underneath the cloche when I lift it, and you don't want a plate that's already been half-eaten." So technically, that fourth plate is for the audience's viewing pleasure — or displeasure.

Is a James Beard Award better than a Michelin star? ›

The culinary world is full of accolades, from local media recognition to the James Beard Awards. But no honor is quite as prestigious as the Michelin star, an honor bestowed on restaurants that are models of exceptional food and dining experience.

What is the highest award a chef can get? ›

The Michelin star is undoubtedly the highest honour within the international culinary industry. Some people have gone as far as calling them “the Oscars of the culinary world”. Chefs all across the world dedicate their lives to earning just one coveted star in recognition of their excellence.

What qualifies a restaurant for a Michelin star? ›

Michelin keeps much of its approach under wraps, but does outline five main criteria for inclusion in the guide - quality of the products; mastery of flavour and cooking techniques; the personality of the chef in his cuisine; value for money; and consistency between visits.

What's the difference between Michelin star and James Beard? ›

That's why stars are awarded to the restaurant, not to the person in the kitchen. This makes a Michelin star unique from other accolades such as a James Beard Award, which acknowledges the restaurant where a chef works, but bestows the honor on her or him.

Can a Michelin star be taken away? ›

Michelin stars are awarded based on creativity, value, quality, skill, and consistency. Any single element of that grading criteria that is compromised can cause a restaurant to lose a star and not even celebrity chefs are safe from this.

Has Gordon Ramsay won a Michelin star? ›

Gordon Ramsay: 17 Michelin Stars

Ramsay is associated with seven current Michelin Stars, but throughout his career his restaurants have earned a total of 17 stars. His first taste of these coveted awards came in 2001 when his namesake restaurant earned three Michelin Stars.

Which celebrity chef has the most Michelin Stars? ›

Who are the Most-Awarded Michelin-Star Chefs in the World?
  • Joël Robuchon, 31 Michelin Stars. Introducing Joël Robuchon - the chef with the highest number of Michelin stars. ...
  • Alain Ducasse, 21 Michelin Stars. ...
  • Gordon Ramsay, 16 Michelin Stars. ...
  • Martin Berasategui, 8 Michelin Stars. ...
  • Carme Ruscalleda, 7 Michelin Stars.

Why did Gordon Ramsay lost a Michelin star? ›

In October 2013, the Gordon Ramsay at The London restaurant in New York lost its two Michelin stars owing to issues encountered by the Michelin reviewers. The guide's director Michael Ellis stated that he was served "some very erratic meals" and also experienced "issues with consistency."

Who is the best chef in the world in 2022? ›

1. Dabiz Muñoz
  • #1 Dabiz Muñoz. Spain.
  • #2 Rene Redzepi. Denmark.
  • #3 Joan Roca. Spain.
  • #4 Massimo Bottura. Italy.
  • #5 Andoni Luis Aduriz. Spain.
  • #6 Bjorn Frantzén. Sweden.
  • #7 Disfrutar. Spain.
  • #8 Alain Passard. France.
20 Sept 2022

Does Jamie Oliver have Michelin Stars? ›

Does Jamie Oliver have a Michelin star? While Jamie Oliver is a household name within his industry, he has yet to receive a Michelin star. However, he has nonetheless won a wide selection of other awards.

What is the salary of a Michelin Star chef? ›

Entry level positions start at £24,000 per year while most experienced workers make up to £40,000 per year.

Are Michelin restaurants worth it? ›

Achieving the status of a Michelin Star rating is one of the most coveted accolades for a restaurant. It lets consumers know that it ranks as the best in the world for food and dining experience. Food-lovers are always in for a treat when visiting a Michelin Star Restaurant.

What is below a Michelin Star? ›

Not quite a star, but most definitely not a consolation prize, the Bib Gourmand - named after Bibendum, the friendly Michelin Man and the official company mascot for the Michelin Group - is a just-as-esteemed rating that recognizes friendly establishments that serve good food at moderate prices.

How many 3 Michelin star restaurants are there in the world? ›

The 2021 Michelin Guides list 143 restaurants with 3 Michelin stars.

What does a green Michelin star mean? ›

So, what is the MICHELIN Green Star? The Green Star was introduced to the MICHELIN Guide Great Britain & Ireland in January 2021. It highlights restaurants at the forefront of the industry when it comes to their sustainable practices.

How many Michelin stars can you have? ›

Being awarded three Michelin stars is the highest accolade a restaurant can receive. The Michelin Guide is famously secretive about how it decides which restaurants deserve stars and how many.

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