During the Best of a Decade Awards Ceremony, Good Food Ireland celebrated Irish Food Heroes and gave out awards in various categories. It also marked Good Food Ireland's ten years in existence.
The first award, the "Good Food Ireland Food Champion - Best of the Decade Award", honours a person who has worked to drive and influence the Irish food scene within the last ten years. A passionate and committed individual, who through their work in growing, farming, producing or cooking with Irish food, has also made an outstanding contribution to raising the profile of Ireland as a top quality destination for discerning food lovers.
Quite an accolade! Birgitta was absolutely overwhelmed by this award, she never expected to receive it.
Shortlisted for "Best of the Decade Award Food Champion" were:
Evan Doyle, Brooklodge & Wells Spa
JP McMahon, Aniar Restaurant
Birgitta Hedin-Curtin, Burren Smokehouse
Howard Hastings, OBE, Hastings Hotels
Dermot Walsh, Walsh’s Bakehouse
But it didn't stop there. She also was recognised to be an "International Ambassador of the Decade"!
The International Ambassador of the Decade Award highlights an individual or group who has joined Good Food Ireland in volunteering to promote Irish food at home and abroad. This award highlights efforts which have gone beyond the call of duty, to help gain recognition for Ireland as a first class culinary destination.
These are the honourees being awarded on the night as INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADORS OF THE DECADE – sponsored by EPIC Ireland:
Sean Kelly, Kelly’s of Newport
Darina Allen and Rory O’Connell, Ballymaloe Cookery School
Eamonn and Mary Gleeson, Gleeson’s Restaurant and Rooms
Peter Ward, Country Choice
Robert Ditty, Ditty’s Bakery
Kay Harte, Farmgate Café
Nora Egan, Inch House & Restaurant
Anthony Creswell, Ummera Smokehouse
Declan Ryan, Ryan’s Arbutus Breads
Ed Cooney, The Merrion Hotel
Martin Shanahan, Fishy Fishy Café
Jack McCarthy, McCarthy’s of Kanturk
Birgitta Hedin Curtin, Burren Smokehouse
Maurice Keller, Waterford
Tom O’Connell, O’Connell’s in Donnybrook