FOOD&WINE Restaurant of the Year Awards

The competition is heating up as the shortlist in the FOOD&WINE Restaurant of the Year Awards is revealed

Top 10 Chefs and Restaurants Revealed

(July 18) Judging is complete and the votes have been cast: the top 10 results in the hotly anticipated FOOD&WINE Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2014 can now be revealed.

The FOOD&WINE Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards, now in its 14th year, are considered the most prestigious and authoritative culinary awards in the Irish calendar. Recognising the best Irish restaurants and culinary talent, diners from all over Ireland were invited to nominate their favourite restaurants and chefs, with the top entries going forward for deliberation by a national culinary panel of judges, made up of industry experts and national food critics. After much deliberation on each category, each judge votes in secret for their top 10 in each category, including the top 10 restaurants and chefs from all four provinces, with Dublin treated separately.

The national awards for Overall Best Chef and Overall Best Restaurant are put through a further judging process, whereby the entire judging panel and all previous panel members vote electronically and in private to ensure a measured choice for these important awards. All of the regional and national winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 17 August. In addition to Best Chef and Best Restaurant, awards will also be presented for Best Sommelier, Best Service, Best World Cuisine and Best Wine Experience.

The winners of the 14th annual FOOD&WINE Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards will be announced at a gala luncheon on Sunday 17 August at The Four Seasons, Dublin 4.

“This year, we are very excited to recognise emerging chefs and restaurateurs who have been striving for excellence over the last year and are now getting the accolades they deserve. Of course, established restaurants that continue to innovate, yet maintain the same standards of excellence, will always be rewarded. It is also encouraging to see a significant growth in quality, regional eateries across the country this year, which provided plenty of fodder for debate during the judging process,” commented Miriam Atkins, editor of FOOD&WINE Magazine.

N.B -Shortlist is in alphabetical order, placing to be announced on Sunday August 17th at the Four Seasons Dublin

Best Restaurant

Best Restaurant Ulster – Shortlist

  • 4th Wall, Belfast
  • Balloo House, Down
  • Coppi, Belfast
  • Deanes Meat Locker Belfast
  • Hadskis, Belfast
  • James Street South Restaurant, Belfast
  • MacNean House & Restaurant, Cavan
  • Ox, Belfast
  • Rayanne House, Down
  • The Catalina Restaurant, Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh

Best Restaurant Munster – Shortlist

  • 1826 Adare, Limerick
  • Ballymaloe House, Cork
  • Gregan’s Castle, Clare
  • Les Gourmandises, Cork
  • Longueville House, Cork
  • Sage, Cork
  • The Cliff House, Waterford
  • The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, Limerick
  • The Tannery, Dungarvan, Waterford
  • Wild Honey Inn, Clare

Best Restaurant Leinster – Shortlist

  • Campagne Restaurant, Gashouse Lane, Kilkenny City
  • Aldridge Lodge Restaurant, New Ross, Wexford
  • Brabazon Restaurant, Tankardstown House, Slane, Meath
  • Chakra by Jaipur, Greystones, Wicklow
  • Dunbrody House, Wexford
  • Lady Helen, Mount Juliet, Kilkenny
  • Sha-Roe, Carlow
  • The Strawberry Tree Restaurant at Brooklodge & Wells Spa, Macreddin Village, Wicklow
  • Vie de Chateaux, Naas, Kildare
  • Viewmount House, Longford

Best Restaurant Connacht – Shortlist

  • An Port Mór, Westport, Mayo
  • Aniar Restaurant, Lower Dominick St, Galway
  • Ashford Castle Hotel, Cong, Mayo
  • Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara
  • Coopershill House, Sligo
  • Inis Meain Restaurant, Aran Islands, Galway
  • Kai Café and Restaurant, Sea Road, Galway
  • La Fougere Restaurant, Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, Mayo
  • O’Grady’s on the Pier, Barna, Galway
  • Oscar’s Seafood Bistro, Galway

Best Restaurant Dublin – Shortlist

  • Ananda, Dundrum, Dublin 14
  • Chapter One, Parnell Square
  • Dax, Pembroke Street Upper, Dublin
  • Forest Avenue, Sussex Road
  • L’Ecrivain, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin
  • Pearl Brasserie, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin
  • Restaurant Forty One at Residence, St Stephens Green
  • Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
  • The Greenhouse, Dawson St
  • Thorntons, Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen’s Green


Best Chef

Best Chef Ulster – Short List

  • Carl Johansen, James Street South Bistro Bar & Grill, Belfast
  • Chris Fearon, Deanes at Queens, Belfast
  • Conor McClellend, Rayanne House, Belfast
  • Danny Millar, Balloo House, Down
  • David Gillmore, James Street South Restaurant, Belfast
  • Ian Orr, Browns, Derry
  • Neven Maguire, MacNean House & Restaurant, Cavan
  • Niall McKenna, Hadskis, Belfast
  • Noel McMeel, The Catalina, Fermanagh
  • Simon Toye, Deanes Meat Locker, Belfast

Best Chef Munster – Short List

  • Aidan McGrath, Wild Honey Inn, Clare
  • Caithlyn Ruth, Deasy’s Harbor Bar
  • David Hurley, Gregans Castle, Clare
  • Eddie Ongchok Fong, Aroi
  • Eric Theze, La Boheme, Waterford
  • Kevin Aherne, Sage, Cork
  • Martijn Kajuiter, The Cliff House, Waterford
  • Paul Flynn, The Tannery Restaurant, Waterford
  • Wade Murphy, 1826 Adare, Limerick
  • William O’Callaghan, Longueville House, Cork

Best Chef Leinster – Shortlist

  • Aidan MacManus, King Sitric, Howth, County Dublin
  • Billy Whitty, Aldridge Lodge, Wexford
  • Cormac Rowe, The Lady Helen, Mount Juliet, Kilkenny
  • Garrett Byrne, Campagne, Kilkenny
  • Gary O’Hanlon, Viewmount House Restaurant, Dublin Road, Longford
  • Henry Stone, Sha-Roe, Carlow
  • Lalit Kumar, Chakra by Jaipur, Greystones, Wicklow
  • Oliver Dunne, Bon Appetit, Malahide, County Dublin
  • Robbie Krawczyk, Brabazon Restaurant, Tankardstown House, Meath
  • Tim Daly, The Strawberry Tree, The Brooklodge & Wells Spa, Wicklow

Best Chef Connacht – Shortlist

  • Christina McCauley, Coopershill House, Sligo
  • Frankie Mallon, An Port Mór, Westport, Mayo
  • Jessica Murphy, Kai Café and Restaurant, 20 Sea Rd, Galway
  • Johnathan Keane, The Lodge at Ashford, Mayo
  • JP McMahon, Cava Bodega, Galway
  • Michael O’Meara, Oscars Seafood Restaurant, Galway
  • Ruairi de Blacam, Inis Meain, Aran islands, Galway
  • Seamus Commons, La Fougére Restaurant, Knockranny, Westport, Mayo
  • Tim O’Sullivan, Renvyle House Hotel, Renvyle, Connemara, Galway
  • Ultan Cooke, Aniar Restaurant, Lower Dominick St, Galway

Best Chef Dublin – Shortlist

  • Conor O’Dowd, Dax
  • Derry Clarke, l’Ecrivain, Lower Bagott Street
  • Graham Neville, Restaurant Forty One at Residence, St Stephens Green
  • Guillaume Lebrun, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
  • John Wyer, Forest Avenue, Sussex Road, Dublin 4
  • Kevin Thornton, Thornton’s
  • Mickael Viljanen, The Greenhouse Restaurant, Dawson Street
  • Ross Lewis, Chapter One, Parnell Square
  • Stephen Gibson, Pichet, Trinity St
  • Sunil Ghai, Ananda, Dundrum, Dublin 14


National Shortlist

Best Wine Experience

  • Ballymaloe, Cork
  • Chapter One, Dublin
  • Dax, Dublin
  • Ely Wine Bar, Ely Place, Dublin 2
  • Greenacres, Wexford
  • Kelly’s Resort Hotel, Wexford
  • La Fougere, Knockranny, Mayo
  • Ox, Belfast
  • Restaurant Forty-One, Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
  • Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin

Best Sommelier

  • Alain Kerloc’h, Ox, Belfast
  • Colm McCan, Ballymaloe, Cork
  • Damian Corr, The Cellar, Dublin
  • Ed Jolliffe, Chapter One, Dublin
  • Ian Brosnan, Ely Wine Bar, Dublin
  • Martina Delaney, l’Ecrivain, Dublin
  • Nicolas Fajours, La Fougere, Mayo
  • Nisea Doddy, The Shelbourne, Dublin
  • Pierre-Marie Faure, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin
  • Thomy Sabbe, Pearl Brasserie
  • Victor Nedelea, Restaurant Forty-One, Residence, Dublin

Best Casual Dining

  • 1826 Adare, Limerick
  • Aroi, Limerick
  • Etto, D2
  • Fade Street Social, D2
  • Farmgate, English Market
  • Farmgate, Midleton, Cork
  • James Street South Bar & Grill, Belfast
  • Las Tapas de Lola, D2
  • The Black Pig, Kinsale, Cork
  • Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvana

Ethnic & World Cuisine

  • Ananda, Dundrum, Dublin
  • Aroi, Limerick
  • Chakra by Jaipur, Greystones, Wicklow
  • China Sichuan, Sandyford, Dublin
  • Las Tapas de Lola, Dublin 2
  • M&L Chinese Restaurant, Dublin
  • Montys of Kathmandu, Dublin 1
  • Musashi, Capel Street, Dublin
  • Rasam, Glasthule, County Dublin
  • Saba, Dublin

Best Service

  • Ananda, Dundrum, Dublin 14
  • Chapter One, Dublin
  • L’Ecrivain, Dublin
  • Ox, Belfast
  • Rayanne House, Down
  • Renvyle House Hotel, Galway
  • Restaurant Forty One, Dublin
  • Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin
  • The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, Limerick
  • The Tannery, Dungarvan, Waterford
  • Viewmount House, Longford


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The Editor of FOOD&WINE Magazine Miriam Atkins is available for interview and comment.


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