Great teams are made up of great individuals

Great teams are made up of great individualsGetty

A successful business is undoubtedly a team effort but the individual contributions deserve to be recognised. This trio of accolades in this year's FOOD&WINE Awards, in association with Rémy Martin aims to do just that. 

From the host that goes above and beyond in what is always a challenging role, to the pastry chef crafting delicious creations, and the industry talent that is having a stellar year, we want to know all about them. Tell us about the industry stars you rate. 

Host of the Year 

Restaurant managers, maître d’s, this award goes to the heroes of hospitality. They’re the people who keep the ship afloat and everything running smoothly. They’re the first people customers and guests meet when they walk through restaurant doors and can make all the difference. A great host sets the tone, solves problems before they happen and is an invaluable addition to any food business. Last year’s deserving winner was Talha Pasha from Michael's of Mount Merrion while 2017’s host of the year was Alain Kerloch of OX, Belfast. Is there someone you know that excels in this role? Has a host been the difference between a good and a great experience you’ve had? Tell us here

Karan Mittal, Rising Star 2018

Karan Mittal, Rising Star 2018

Rising Star of the Year 

There is no shortage of talent across the industry and this award is an opportunity to celebrate the best of the best. Our ‘rising star’ doesn’t have to be a new name - it could be someone who has had an excellent year or has started in a new role and is doing great things. Along with a promising new talent, it could also be someone who has found their groove in the industry and whose name seems to pop up everywhere. Last year’s rising star was Karan Mittal, of Ananda, Dublin and in 2017 the accolade went to Hilary O'Hagan Brennan of 3Fe and Five Points in Dublin’s Harold’s Cross. Let us know who you’d nominate for the 2019 award.  

Pastry Chef of the Year 

A spectacular dessert has always been a star in a great meal but in our Instagram world, the demand for beautiful creations is at an all-time high. The pastry chefs on this island rarely disappoint. Many share a love of the craft, creating inspired sweet treats and pastry concoctions every day. Aoife Noonan of Glovers Alley in Dublin took the accolade in 2018, with Paul Kelly from The Merrion Hotel and Paula Stakelum at Ashford Castle being highly commended and commended respectively. In 2017, Darren Hogarty of Chapter One, Dublin walked away with the award. Do you know of a pastry chef that is making a mark or consistently creating magic? Nominate them here.

Book your tickets

You can book your tickets for the event HERE. As the first F&W Awards to be hosted by our parent company Irish Studio, we are pulling out all the stops and we really hope you can join us for what will be a memorable day.

A fantastic menu is being created by Garry Hughes, Executive Head Chef in The Shelbourne, and lots more surprises that we'll be telling you about over the next few months. Don't miss what will be the event of the season!