The Santa Rita/Life magazine Irish Restaurant Awards which took place on 25 May in the Burlington Hotel was a huge success with 800 members of the culinary industry in attendance. Chapter One in Dublin was named Best Restaurant in Ireland and Mickael Viljanen, head chef at Gregans Castle was crowned Best Chef in Ireland.
Sallyanne Cooney, general manager, Gleeson’s incorporating Gilbey’s, sponsor of this year’s awards said: “Santa Rita, the number one Chilean wine brand in Ireland, is delighted to be associated with the prestigious Restaurant Association Of Ireland Annual Awards. As the established hospitality industry Chilean wine, we are keen to acknowledge and recognise the achievement and excellence of the restaurant and hospitality industry throughout Ireland.
“Despite the tough economic climate, it is wonderful to see that creativity and innovation is very much alive and well in the industry. A heartfelt congratulation to one and all, from Santa Rita and Gilbeys.”