Noma Back on Top


Danish restaurant Noma was tonight named 'The finest place to dine on the planet' at the 'Top 100 Restaurants' awards held in London’s Guildhall.

The fine dining awards saw the experimental Copenhagen restaurant run by 36-year-old chef Rene Redzepi regain the top spot it lost to Catalan restaurant El Celler de Can Roca last year. It has been voted number one in three of the last four years.

Italy’s Osteria Francescana which is home to the avant-garde genius of Massimo Bottura finished in the bronze position.

While a Spanish restaurant may have lost its top spot, nationally the country fared well at the San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna World’s 50 Best Restaurants, produced by Britain’s Restaurant Magazine. Three Spanish restaurants finished in the top 10 while the UK had two in the top 10, as did the US.


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Danny is Chowder Champ

Danny Fitzpatrick, chef-owner of Fitzpatrick’s Bar and Restaurant, Dundalk has been crowned All Ireland Chowder Champion 2014 at the 4th All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off, sponsored by Clona which took place in Kinsale.

Danny received a customised trophy, and will travel to Newport, Rhode Island, USA in June, 2015 to represent Ireland in the Great Chowder Cook-Off, following in the footsteps of Noel Wallace of Bunratty Manor, Clare and John McGrath / Frank Walsh of the West Bar, Westport. The runners-up won weekend tickets to the Kinsale Gourmet Festival in October 2014, and a Kinsale landscape print.

A record attendance of over 1000 people travelled to Acton’s Hotel for the event which saw chefs from all over Ireland serve steaming pots of delicious chowder to ticket holders, who were also the judges of the event. Members of the public had only one vote to cast for the best of 32 chowders. On entry, everyone received a voting card that allowed them to sample all chowders from the individual stalls before casting their vote.

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Guilbaud 67th in World

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is named among the best 100 restaurants in the world  according to a survey of paying customers, with British chef Heston Blumenthal securing two places on the list.

The Dublin 2* Michelin restaurant was placed No 67 in the survey.

The top spot went to Grant Achatz’s three-Michelin-star Alinea, in Chicago – for the third year in a row.

London came out joint-top with Paris in terms of the best cities in the world, each boasting eight restaurants from the top 100 list.

The results have been released by Elite Traveler magazine, a lifestyle publication aimed at wealthy jetsetters, which surveyed its readers on their favourite restaurants and gourmet chefs from the past year.

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Dympna is Top Chef

Budding chefs and seasoned professionals scooped top honours at the second annual Flogas Mayo Master Chef Competition  at the Mayo Abbey Cookery School Claremorris. It is supported by the Chefs of Mayo Club, which set out the competition rules and criteria for each class and organised the professional jud


ging panel.

Pictured is Dymphna Killeen, Claremorris, a student at Mayo Abbey cookery School who came 1st in the Junior Chef class and 3rd in the Plated Dessert Class.

Michael Keogh, local area representative for Flogas, presented the prizes to the winners.

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Ewelina is Cocktail Queen

Ewelina Cygarowska of Lemongrass Restaurant, Citywest Hotel, Saggart, Co. Dublin was crowned cocktail champion at the recent  ‘Mixer OPEN Coc


ktail Competition’  at the Parnell Heritage Pub & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1.

Pictured from left are James Murphy (DIT Lecturer & Competition Co-ordinator), Ewelina Cygarowska (Overall Winner, Lemongrass Restaurant, Citywest Hotel, Co. Dublin), Conor McCrohan (Marketing Executive, Dalcassian Wines & Spirits Ltd)

This initiative between the DIT Bar Management Studies and Dalcassian Wines & Spirits Ltd attracted a large entry.  Prizes were awarded for the top three cocktails and points were awarded for the appearance, aroma, taste and the commercial appeal of the cocktails.  Special certificates were presented to all the finalists and additional prizes were awarded for the best flairtending bartending shows on the evening by Mr. Conor McCrohan (Marketing Executive Dalcassian Wines & Spirits Ltd).

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