Our Industry Awards celebrate the best of the best within Ireland's culinary scene.
The food scene in Ireland is absolutely bursting with talent, but often we see more-seasoned, head chefs receive many accolades, and rightly so. However, we know that there are many promising young chefs around the country that are propping up our restaurant industry but are, at the moment, a little overlooked. While we know that many chefs nurture their young apprentices, we want to give Ireland's up-and-coming talent a nod publicly at the 2019 FOOD&WINE Awards in association with Rémy Martin.
We asked those within the industry to nominate their peers to tell us exactly who should take home the top prize, with our judges scrutinising each category to determine the overall winners. Here, we look at the three shortlisted for the Best Under 30 Award, sponsored by S. Pellegrino.
Django Getsee, Farnham Estate, Cavan
Django has been working at Farnham Estate for about a year and a half and was promoted to junior sous chef last year. Shortly after the promotion, he helped the restaurant achieve two rosettes from the AA. He has been mentored by executive chef Daniel Willimont since 2012, first at Mount Falcon Resort, before the pair joined the team at Farnham Estate. Django has also been mentored by Philippe Farineau, head chef at Ashford Castle. He also reached the semi-final stage of the Euro-Toques Young Chef competition in 2018.
Grainne O’Keefe, Clanbrassil House, Dublin
Well-known in Dublin, Grainne is head chef at Clanbrassil House and culinary director at BuJo Burger Joint. After training in Culinary Arts at Dublin Institute of Technology (now Technological University Dublin), Grainne worked at The Merrion Hotel, Pichet and Bastible. She also completed a stage at Le Bernadin in New York before taking the position of head chef at Clanbrassil House. She is known for her dedication to her craft, as she constantly tries out new techniques and flavours.
Karan Mittal, Ananda, Dublin
Head chef at Ananda in Dundrum, Karan has completely revitalised the Indian restaurant’s offerings by creating innovative tasting menus and refining the profile of the food. After training in Delhi, Karan moved to New York to help open two of the city’s most creative Indian restaurants, before he came to Ireland in 2017. Karan won Rising Star of the Year at the 2018 FOOD&WINE Awards, as well as reaching the semi-final stage of the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year competition in 2018 and 2019. Recently, he acted as a mentor during for Chef Collab, an initiative where accomplished chefs mentor young commis chefs before they work together at an exciting showcase dinner.