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Irish Restaurant Awards Make Much Anticipated Return

The much-anticipated Irish Restaurant Awards were officially launched yesterday at the Marker Hotel, kicking off the 15th year of the prestigious awards.

Last year’s Irish Restaurant Awards were the most popular yet, with the public making over 130,000 nominations for Ireland’s best food-led hospitality businesses and the people behind them.

As in previous years, the Irish Restaurant Awards process begins with an online public vote hosted by The Irish Times.

The nomination window runs from 12pm noon on Wednesday, January 17th to 12pm noon on Wednesday, January 31st.

This year, the public can nominate candidates across 23 categories, including 17 Main Award categories and 6 National Award categories. New categories introduced this year include Employee Excellence, Food Truck of the Year and Outstanding Achievement awards.

Paul Lenehan, President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said: “Despite some extremely challenging times for our industry, year after year, the Irish Restaurant Awards serve as an excellent reminder of the passion and innovation that exist within the island of Ireland’s food-led hospitality industry.

“Above all, the Irish Restaurant Awards provide us with an opportunity to reflect on all that makes our food and hospitality offering great – in particular, the wonderful teams that make everything tick and leave locals and tourists with a smile on their faces time and time again.

“There is great excitement brewing once again about what is truly the good news story of our industry’s year. We look forward to highlighting and celebrating the best our island has to offer in terms of food and hospitality.

“We especially look forward to the public having its voice heard as to which restaurants, cafés and other food-led businesses have transformed their local community. We expect to exceed the monumental 130,000 public nominations that were made last year.”

The public nomination process will be followed by a judging process of national experts, culminating in regional events in the four provinces at which county winners will be announced, followed then by a Dublin shortlist. Finally, in May, the Irish Restaurant Awards’ All Ireland Final at which regional and national winners will be announced will take place.

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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