‘Old Convent’ Chef is best in Munster

A Tipperary Chef is the best in Munster, according to a prestigious food & wine magazine.

A Tipperary Chef is the best in Munster, according to a prestigious food & wine magazine.

The winners of the Food & Wine Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards in association with Nespresso Business Solutions were announced at a gala luncheon in The InterContinental, this week.

Over 50 awards were given to top chefs and restauranteurs from across the country, hosted by broadcaster and publisher Norah Casey and comedian Barry Murphy. Dermot Gannon of the Old Convent, Clogheen, beat off competition from chefs all over Munster to take the title of Best Chef Munster. Renowned for Dermot’s Irish Artisan menu, Old Convent also received a Highly Commended award in the greatly esteemed Best Restaurant Munster category.

“The standard of excellence within the restaurant industry, across the country, was clearly evident during the judging process for these awards.

“Everyone who was shortlisted should be congratulated as the competition was very tough. This year, we saw young vibrant restaurants being acknowledged alongside those long-standing establishments who continue to innovate,” commented Miriam Atkins, editor of Food & Wine Magazine.

Now in its 15th year, the Food & Wine Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards in association with Nespresso Business Solutions, are considered the most prestigious and authoritative culinary awards in the Irish calendar.