Leitrim's Sham named Best Chef in Connaught

Claire McGovern

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Claire McGovern

Leitrim's Sham named Best Chef in Connaught

Shamzuri Hanifa of The Cottage Restaurant, Jamestown has been named the Best Chef in Connaught.

Shamzuri Hanifa of The Cottage Restaurant, Jamestown has been named the Best Chef in Connaught while MacNean House & Restaurant, Cavan has been named the Best Restaurant in Ulster while also scooping the award for Best Customer Service in Ulster at the All-Ireland Irish Restaurant Awards last night.

Keenans of Tarmonbarry Gastro Bar, Co Roscommon took the title for Best Gastro Pub in Connaught.

Gary O'Hanlon of VM Restaurant at Viewmount House, Longford won the title of Best Cheft in Leinster.

The All-Ireland Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the The Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin last night and named the top restaurants in Ireland for 2017. Over 900 restaurateurs and staff attended the sold out, black tie event which celebrated the hard work and achievements within the industry over the last 12 months.

Speaking at the awards, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins commented, “This is the ninth and most successful year of the Irish Restaurant Awards to date. These Awards are the accolades of the Irish restaurant industry – everybody wants to win one. From over 70,000 online nominations cast earlier this year to 2,500 guests attending our regional events, it is clear that the stature, calibre and reputation of the awards is expanding at a considerable rate and it is all in aid of recognising the talent within our sector. All winners and finalists here tonight are very deserving of their awards.”