Tipperary Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Tom Hayes was on hand to welcome a group of French and Belgian chefs to Cashel this week.
The group was visiting the region with Bord Bia, as part of their Chef’s Irish Beef Club which is an exclusive forum bringing together some of Europe’s leading Michelin Star chefs to endorse Irish beef.
The club sees award winning chefs give pride of place to Irish beef by serving it in their restaurants which are deemed as among the finest in the world. The club has grown from an ambitious idea to now include almost 80 member chefs who are spread across seven chapters to include Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland.
The chefs have come to Ireland to learn about how Irish beef is raised on a natural diet and cared for by Irish beef farmers.
Speaking on the visit, Minister of State Hayes said, ‘On their visits to this Country, they get to witness the grass based agriculture that underlines Irish beef production and they also enjoy being welcomed in to the homes of farming families across the Country. These visits have created a special relationship and an understanding of the importance of producing sustainably. We must not forget how important and also valuable it is for our beef Industry, that we have some of the greatest chefs in the world strongly endorsing our products and showcasing them in some of the best restaurants around the world.’