The Cottage Restaurant, Jamestown has scored a double victory at the Connaught Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards on Monday night, securing not only Best Restaurant in Co Leitrim but also Best Chef for Shamzuri Hanifa.
The Connaught Regional Final took place in The Salthill Hotel, Galway last night and named the top restaurants in the five counties for 2015.
Over 500 restaurant owners and staff made their way to The Salthill Hotel, Galway for the Connaught Regional Final and it was a fantastic night not only for Sham and The Cottage, but for a number of other notable Leitrim eateries as well with the Sandstone Restaurant at Lough Rynn Castle, Mohill, also scoring a double taking out the Co Leitrim title for Best Hotel Restaurant and Best Wine Experience; The Riverbank Restaurant, Dromahair securing the County title for Best Casual Dining; The Oarsman continuing its winning ways taking out Leitrim’s Best Gastro Pub and The Courthouse Restaurant, Kinlough, securing the County Title for Best Customer Service.
Speaking at the awards on Monday night last, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins said; “The Irish Restaurant Awards celebrate their seventh year this year and have become the Island’s biggest food awards. The credibility that these awards have is reflected in the amount of nominations they received this year- over 30,000 votes were cast across twelve categories, showing that these are the awards that everyone wants to win.
“The Irish restaurant scene is internationally recognised for its high calibre of restaurateurs and chefs. These awards celebrate the people that make the restaurant sector the dynamic and exciting industry it is. They are the people who provide 72,000 jobs to our economy and generate revenue in excess of €2 billion. We’re recognising the talent, hard work and commitment that everyone here gives to the food industry. Tonight, everyone is a winner.”
Food outlets were nominated under the categories of Best Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Restaurant Manager, Best Hotel Restaurant, Best Casual Dining, Best Gastro Pub, Best Customer Service, Best Newcomer, Best Wine Experience, Best Emerging Irish Cuisine, Best Kids Size Meal and Local Food Hero.
All County winners now compete for the Regional and All Ireland titles which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Dublin on Monday 25th May, 2015.
All Ireland Chowder
The Irish Restaurant Awards were not the only success celebrated by The Cottage Restaurant, Jamestown this week as Sham also secured third place in the 2015 All Ireland Chowder Competition in Kinsale, Co Cork over the weekend.
The Cottage represented Co Leitrim in the island-wide competition and took out third place honours.
The overall winner in the competition was Co Clare, represented by Pat O’Neill of Bunratty Manor.
Second place went to Danny & Dympna Fitzpatrick from Fitzpatrick’s Bar and Restaurant, Dundalk, Co Louth, last year’s winner.
The 5th All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off was held on Sunday, April 19 last.