Calling out the best is one of the stepping stones to improving standards and The Bridgestone Guide is a veteran in the support of good, local Irish food.
On 30th Dec they posted up their 2010 awards and they are extracted below:
Artisan of the Year: Anna Leveque, Triskel Farmhouse Cheeses, Portlaw, County Waterford
Restaurant of the Year: Harry’s Bar & Restaurant, Bridgend, Inishowen, County Donegal
Chef of the Year: Mickael Viljanen, Gregn’s Castle, County Clare
Inspiration of the year: Michael Kelly, GIY Ireland
Man of the Year: Jack McCarthy, McCarthy’s Butchers, Kanturk, County Cork
Farmer of the Year: Jimmy & Bernadine Mulhall, Coolanowle Farm, County Laois
Retailer of the Year: Ardkeen Stores, Waterford
New Food Award of the Year: Highbank Orchard Syrup, Cuffesgrange, County Kilkenny
Newcomer of the Year: Tastefully Yours, Dunhill, County Waterford (Update – have done an Irish FoodBase entry for them – http://irishfoodbase.com/tastefully-yours/)
Food County of the Year: County Kilkenny (some relevant links: www.savourkilkenny.com, www.trailkilkenny.ie/food-trail/)
Megabytes 2011 Award: Clanwood Farm, County Offaly
Megabytes Achievement Award: Field’s Supermarket, Skibbereen, West Cork
Some of those I am familiar with, others are new to me.
Very happy to have played a part in the foodcamp which is referred to as part of the Kilkenny award and fully determined (along with a host of others) to continue to encourage the spread of artisan, local and small scale food production and consumtion in Kilkenny.