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Mickael Viljanen, Chef of the Year at the Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2021. Photo by Sasko Lazarov.
Awards

Announcing the winners of the Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2021

We revealed our winners earlier today at The InterContinental Hotel in Dublin.

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The Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards in association with Rémy Martin took place in The InterContinental Hotel today and we're delighted to share the winners with you.

The Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards in association with Rémy Martin are the highlight of our culinary calendar and after such a tough year, we were delighted to be able to celebrate the best of the best at today's ceremony. 

Guests were treated to a delicious meal created by Alberto Rossi, head chef at The InterContinental Hotel, featuring halibut gravadlax, roast Irish beef, and an Earl Grey-based dessert. O'Brien's Wines supplied fabulous wines for the tables while Oscar Wilde Water kept everyone hydrated.

The event was attended by some of Ireland's best chefs and restaurateurs from across the country, but if you weren't able to join us at the awards, we have the full list of winners below, so read on to find out who took home the top prizes earlier today. 

Editor Gillian Nelis on stage at the Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2021. Photo by Sasko Lazarov.
Editor Gillian Nelis on stage at the Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2021. Photo by Sasko Lazarov.

Dublin

Best Restaurant Dublin

Winner: Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen

Highly commended: Rosa Madre

Best Chef Dublin

Winner: Mickael Viljanen

Highly commended: Damien Grey

Best Casual Dining Dublin

Winner: Uno Mas

Highly commended: Grano

Best Sommelier Dublin

Winner: Vanda Ivančić

Highly commended: Maire McHugh

Best Hotel Restaurant Dublin

Winner: Canteen at The Marlin

Highly commended: Wilde at The Westbury

Leinster

Best Restaurant Leinster

Winner: Aimsir

Highly commended: Barrows Keep

Best Chef Leinster

Winner: Jordan Bailey

Highly commended: Conor Halpenny

Best Casual Dining Leinster

Winner: Ripasso

Highly commended: The Strand Cahore

Best Hotel Restaurant Leinster

Winner: The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet

Highly commended: Aldridge Lodge

Best Sommelier Leinster

Winner: Morgan VanderKamer

Highly commended: Maria Pelonero

Connaught 

Best Restaurant Connaught

Winner: Loam

Highly commended: Aniar

Best Chef Connaught

Winner: Christine Walsh

Highly commended: Enda McEvoy

Best Casual Dining Connaught

Winner: Éan

Highly commended: Nadúr

Best Hotel Restaurant Connaught

Winner: The Owenmore at Ballynahinch Castle

Highly commended: West at The Twelve

Best Sommelier Connaught

Winner: Anke Hartmann

Highly commended: Zsolt Lukács

Some of the the team from Aimsir, Restaurant of the Year at the Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2021. Photo by Sasko Lazarov.
Some of the the team from Aimsir, Restaurant of the Year at the Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2021. Photo by Sasko Lazarov.

Munster 

Best Restaurant Munster

Winner: Dede at The Customs House

Highly commended: Ichigo Ichie

Best Chef Munster

Winner: Ahmet Dede 

Highly commended: Rob Krawczyk

Best Casual Dining Munster

Winner: Goldie

Highly commended: Linnane’s Lobster Bar

Best Hotel Restaurant Munster

Winner: The Dining Room at Gregans Castle

Highly commended: The Oak Room at Adare Manor

Best Sommelier Munster

Winner: Joey Scanlon 

Highly commended: Gavin Ryan

Ulster

Best Restaurant Ulster

Winner: Ox

Highly commended: Stove

Best Chef Ulster

Winner: Simon Toye

Highly commended: Stephen Toman

Best Casual Dining Ulster

Winner: Freight East 

Highly commended: Fisk Seafood Bar

Best Hotel Restaurant Ulster

Winner: Rathmullan House

Highly commended: Taylor & Clay at Bullitt Hotel

Best Sommelier Ulster

Winner: Stefania Sanseverino

Highly commended: Saul McConnell

Gráinne O'Keefe, Young Chef of the Year at the Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2021. Photo by Sasko Lazarov.
Gráinne O'Keefe, Young Chef of the Year at the Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2021. Photo by Sasko Lazarov.

National Awards

Hall of Fame 2021

Ross Lewis 

Innovator of the Year

Winner: Dave Mulligan

Highly commended: The Dough Bros

Café of the Year

Winner: Daddy’s 

Highly commended: Café Rua

Best Cocktail Experience

Winner: The Tack Room at Adare Manor

Highly commended: Bar 1661

Food Truck of the Year

Winner: Misunderstood Heron

Highly commended: Bites by Kwanghi

Young Chef of the Year

Winner: Gráinne O’Keefe

Highly commended: Dan Guerin

Emerging Producer, in association with Dunnes Stores Simply Better

Winner: The Cupcake Bloke

Highly commended: Praliné Chocolatiers 

Highly commended: Freezin Friesian

Mickael Viljanen, Chef of the Year at the Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2021. Photo by Sasko Lazarov.
Mickael Viljanen, Chef of the Year at the Food&Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2021. Photo by Sasko Lazarov.

Overall awards

Hotel Restaurant of the Year

The Owenmore at Ballynahinch Castle

Sommelier of the Year

Morgan VanderKamer

Casual Dining of the Year

Uno Mas

Chef of the Year

Mickael Viljanen

Restaurant of the Year

Aimsir

Congratulations to all of the winners! We're already looking forward to next year's awards.