Longford winners at Restaurant Awards

Gary O'Hanlon, head chef at VM Restaurant at Viewmount House.
Held in the Clyde Court Hotel on Tuesday, March 31, the Leinster Regional Final of Irish Restaurant Awards named this year’s top restaurants in the region for 2015, as well as the shortlisted Dublin restaurants.

Held in the Clyde Court Hotel on Tuesday, March 31, the Leinster Regional Final of Irish Restaurant Awards named this year’s top restaurants in the region for 2015, as well as the shortlisted Dublin restaurants.

More than 500 restaurateurs and staff attended the event, which saw representatives from many well-known establishments turn out to see if they had secured one of the prestigious awards.

Speaking at the event, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins said, “The Irish Restaurant Awards celebrate their seventh year this year and have become the Island’s biggest food awards. The credibility that these awards have is reflected in the amount of nominations they received this year; 30,000 nominations were cast across 12 categories, showing that these are the awards that everyone wants to win.”

In County Longford, the awards were shared between VM Restaurant at Viewmount House and its chef Gary O’Hanlon, The Black Olive, The Aubergine Gallery Café, The Rustic Inn, and PS Red.

All county winners will compete for Regional and All-Ireland titles, which will be announcednext month.