Two Kilkenny chefs in the running for Leinster’s best

TWO KILKENNY chefs have been shortlisted in Food and Wine Magazine’s competition to find Ireland’s top chef.

TWO KILKENNY chefs have been shortlisted in Food and Wine Magazine’s competition to find Ireland’s top chef.

Chef Garret Byrne from Campagne, as well as Maria Rafferty of Zuni have both been included from the Leinster category.

Two restaurants in Kilkenny have also been named on the Ireland’s best restaurant shortlist. Campagne is joined by the Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet in Thomastown.

The judging is now over; the votes have been cast. The winners of the 12th annual Food and Wine Magazine/Louis Latour Restaurant of the Year Awards will be announced at a gala luncheon at the Dublin Convention Centre on Sunday, August 19.

One of the most prestigious and authoritative culinary event in the Irish calendar, the awards recognise and reward Ireland’s best restaurants and chefs. The best restaurant and best chef from each county will receive regional awards before the final announcement of the overall Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year is made.

Other award categories include Best Sommelier, Best Service, Best Ethnic and World Cuisine and Best Wine Experience.

“The obvious stars are still there, but there are some exciting new talents doing radical things with our food culture and traditions,” says Ross Golden-Bannon, editor of Food and Wine Magazine.

“Our new category of casual dining reflects the dramatic rise in the fortunes of the bistro. The past twelve months have seen the food sector face challenging business conditions and yet chefs and restaurateurs have not just responded with better value, they’ve responded with astonishing creativity that celebrates Irish produce.”