Neven Maguire, Head Chef of MacNean House and Restaurant, Blacklion has been crowned Best Chef in Ireland at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2014.
The awards were announced on Monday in Dublin at a gala event.
Unfortunately no Leitrim entries were named as national award winners on the night but in Co Sligo, Strandhill’s Shells Seaside Bakery and Café, won Connaught Best Casual Dining.
Pádraic Óg Gallagher, President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, from Mohill, said; “The Awards are all about celebrating those who have brought acclaim to the Irish food scene from abroad and who keep the restaurant industry thriving at home.
“Ireland has so much to offer to the culinary tourist and these Awards remind everyone of the quality of Irish restaurants and Chefs. The Irish restaurant scene is vital to the economy, employing 64,000 people and generating revenue in excess of €2bn per year, it’s great to celebrate the work that all of our restaurateurs around the country do to keep this aspect of our culture alive and kicking.”