Anna Haugh, chef-proprietor at London restaurant Myrtle, won the brand-new Best International Chef award at the 2019 FOOD AND WINE Awards in association with Rémy Martin.
Tallaght native Anna has been cooking professionally for almost 20 years. She started her career with Derry Clake at l'Ecrivain in Dublin, before venturing to London to work with celebrated chefs Philip Howard, Shane Osborne and Gordon Ramsay. Myrtle, which opened in London earlier this year, is Anna’s first solo venture.
Myrtle is named for both the myrtle berries in the restaurant's signature cocktail and the late matriarch Myrtle Allen. The restaurant is decidedly Irish, with produce like Clonakilty black pudding, Burren Smokehouse salmon and Cáis na Tíre cheese all present on the menu. This restaurant is Anna's own production, as she is the only backer for the establishment, so she can run it as she sees fit. Anna is determined to highlight the new way in which kitchens are run by empowering and supporting her staff.
News recently broke that Anna would be among five chefs to take centre-stage in the new production of Ready, Steady, Cook. Commenting on the achievement on her Instagram page, Anna said she was delighted with the new position, "If someone had told young Anna that she would one day be one of the chefs in #readysteadycook I think she would have run around the TV room with excitement. I’m an adult now so should be more composed *runs around TV room with excitement"
We had a chat with Anna after the FOOD AND WINE Awards to get her reaction to being awarded this fantastic title.
"It’s my first award. (Eeek) It feels really really warm and fuzzy to win. It means a lot because it is from FOOD AND WINE. It was the magazine I read for all the latest information when I was training as a chef and lived in Ireland. My love and connection with Ireland makes the award even more special. The awards were so fantastic, it was great to see a room full of Ireland’s talent. The food was delicious and the wines too. Over the next year, you might see me on television a little more. I am one of the five chefs on the remake of Ready, Steady, Cook!"
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