Head Chef at the Waterford Castle Hotel and golf resort, Michael Thomas from Loughboy, Kilkenny was named top chef in the regional award for Munster at the national YesChefIreland 2017 awards.
"We are very proud of our Head Chef Michael Thomas. His level of culinary excellence and his ability to create technically brilliant and delicious dishes using only the very best local and artisan produce is evident in every dish. His enthusiasm and love of food is infectious and translates to an amazing fine dining experience here at Waterford Castle." said Helen Courtney, General Manager of Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort.
"It has aways been my focus to source fresh produce from local producers and support local farmers. Cooking is my hobby and passion, and this recognition by my peers in the industry is a huge honour and an amazing feeling." said Michael Thomas, Head Chef of Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort.
Michael started cooking at the age of 16 and progressed quickly holding positions in many high end establishments across Ireland. From the Shelbourne in Dublin, to Hayfield Manor in Cork, Lacken House in Kilkenny to the Radisson Hotels Group. Michael has won many awards over the years from a silver medal at the Chef's Culinary Olympics 2000 in Germany, a bronze medals at Hotelympia in London in 2006 and 2010.