Top Restaraunts in Co.Tipperary Compete for Regional and All Ireland Title at the Santa Rita/ Sunday Independent Irish Restaraunt Awards 2011

Top Restaurants in Co. Tipperary who were recently awarded ‘Best in the County’ at the Munster heat of the Santa Rita/Sunday Independent Irish Restaurant Awards will be attending the All Ireland event on 25th May in the Burlington Hotel Dublin. On the night, Regional and All Ireland Winners will be announced in the following categories:

Best Restaurant 2011 Sponsored by Santa Rita
Best Chef 2011 Sponsored by Tipperary Water
Best Customer Service 2011
Best Casual Dining 2011 Sponsored By Thomas Barton
Best Hotel Restaurant 2011 Sponsored By Pallas Foods
Best Wine Experience 2011 Sponsored by Louis Latour
Best Gastro Pub 2011 Sponsored by Faustino

Guests on the night will be treated to a five course menu prepared by the winning Chefs in each of the five regions in 2010. Legends of the foodie world, this year’s event will see Danny Millar- Balloo House, Garret Byrne –  Campagne, Seamus Commons – Knockranny House, Paul Flynn – The Tannery and Eamonn O’ Reilly – One Pico, prepare a sumptuous meal   for 700 guests at this glittering black tie event – a fantastic celebration of all that is great in the Irish Restaurant Industry.

Brian Fallon, President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland said

‘Since their inception, the Irish Restaurant Awards have cast a spotlight on Irelands hottest restaurants and chefs.They have become a byword for quality, class and achievement… The awards everyone wants to win. As a testament to their success, the entries have doubled since last year, with 6,000 nominations made for Ireland’s favourite Restaurants, Chefs, Gastro Pubs, Hotel Restaurants and Local Food Heroes throughout the Country.

We celebrate the award winning cuisines and the great restaurateurs and chefs who have brought international recognition and accolades to the Irish restaurant scene.  We are the economic engine rooms in every town in Ireland, creating and maintaining much needed local employment.  Our industry has annual sales in excess of €2 billion and we employ 64,000 people.  In fact, we are the largest employer within the Irish Tourism Sector.

Sallyanne Cooney – General Manager, Gleeson’s incorporating Gilbey’s, sponsor of this year’s awards said:

Santa Rita, the number one Chilean wine brand in Ireland, is delighted to be associated with the prestigious Restaurant Association Of Ireland annual awards.  As the established hospitality industry Chilean wine, we are keen to acknowledge and recognise the achievement and excellence of the restaurant and hospitality industry throughout Ireland.

Despite the tough economic climate, it is wonderful to see that creativity and innovation is very much alive and well in the industry. At Santa Rita, we have a longstanding tradition of honouring heroes and, in our eyes, every finalist and winner this evening is exactly that. A heartfelt congratulations to one and all from Santa Rita and Gilbeys.

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