We have won many awards through the years, and almost all of them were for the quality of our products. But this time, Birgitta Hedin Curtin, the owner-manager of the Burren Smokehouse, won an award for her personal efforts for the food industry.
On 4th March 2015, in the stylish setting of the Michelin-star restaurant L'ECRIVAIN in Dublin, Birgitta was identified to have brought great achievements to the food industry in Ireland. The official title is Award for Notable contribution to Irish Food during the year.
As they write on their website, "The Irish Food Writers' Guild was formed in 1990 to promote high professional standards of knowledge and practice among writers about food, nutrition, food history and other allied matters and to assist in the forging of links and networks between professionals in the food industry."
Food provenance and authenticity were top of the agenda at this year’s Irish Food Writers’ Guild Food Awards, as seven food producers were presented with a 2015 Award.
Now in its 21st year, the Irish Food Writers’ Guild (IFWG) Food Awards recognise and reward producers of the highest quality food together with industry stalwarts who devote their lives to supporting and promoting Irish food. What’s unusual is that no one can enter themselves into these awards. Which makes being given this award all the more special!
The winners of the 2015 Irish Food Writer’s Guild Food Awards are:
Isabelle Sheridan - On the Pig’s Back (Cork)
Eugene and Helena Hickey - Skeaghanore Farm Fresh Ducks (Cork)
Fiona and Malcolm Falconer - Wild About (Wexford)
David and Martina Burns - Richmount Elderflower Cordial (Longford)
Siobhan and Paul Lawless - Foods of Athenry (Galway)
Birgitta Curtin - Burren Smokehouse (Clare)
Veronica Molloy - Crossogue Preserves (Tipperary)