OX, Belfast at FOOD&WINE Awards 2018

OX, Belfast at FOOD&WINE Awards 2018 Paul Sherwood Photography

The FOOD&WINE Awards 2018 in association with Nespresso Professional was a great success. Click through for photos from the event.

The winners of the all-new FOOD&WINE Awards in association with Nespresso were announced at a gala luncheon on Sunday 9th September in The InterContinental Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

The event was attended by Ireland’s top chefs and restaurateurs from across the country and was hosted by broadcaster and publisher, Norah Casey, and comedian and presenter Barry Murphy.

Guests were treated to a five-course meal of incredible Irish produce alongside perfectly matched wines courtesy of wine distributors Barry & Fitzwilliam./p>

Irish Studio team

Irish Studio team

Gordon Thompson, Nespresso, Ciaran Casey, Irish Studio

Gordon Thompson, Nespresso, Ciaran Casey, Irish Studio

Nespresso demonstration

Nespresso demonstration

 Laisa Miqueletto, Talha Pasha, Gareth Smith, Nenad Platisa - Michaels Restaurant

Laisa Miqueletto, Talha Pasha, Gareth Smith, Nenad Platisa - Michaels Restaurant

 Marco Dangelo, Patrycja Traskowska,Luca De Marzio,Elisa Petrini, Rolli Massimiliano,Paola Fiaschetti -Rosa Madre

Marco Dangelo, Patrycja Traskowska,Luca De Marzio,Elisa Petrini, Rolli Massimiliano,Paola Fiaschetti -Rosa Madre

Dee Laffan, Caroline Byrne

Dee Laffan, Caroline Byrne

Gavin Slicker, Barry Donnelly, Colm O’Shea, Barry Kavanagh - Nespresso

Gavin Slicker, Barry Donnelly, Colm O’Shea, Barry Kavanagh - Nespresso

Keith & Fiona Cunningham - Tourism N.I. / Judge

Keith & Fiona Cunningham - Tourism N.I. / Judge

Darren Hogarty, Vanessa Hogarty, Colin Brogan - Chapter One

Darren Hogarty, Vanessa Hogarty, Colin Brogan - Chapter One

Liam Lawlor, Diana Cantor – L’Ecrivain

Liam Lawlor, Diana Cantor – L’Ecrivain

 Brian O’Reilly, Niamh Fleming, Helen Byrne, Julieanne Fleming, Chris Meyler - Tankardstown & Chestnut Restaurant

Brian O’Reilly, Niamh Fleming, Helen Byrne, Julieanne Fleming, Chris Meyler - Tankardstown & Chestnut Restaurant

Greta Fletcher - Ox, Barry Fletcher - Muddlers Club

Greta Fletcher - Ox, Barry Fletcher - Muddlers Club

Peter Devlin, Lorraine Keane

Peter Devlin, Lorraine Keane

Best for Wine Lovers: Whelehans Wines

Best for Wine Lovers: Whelehans Wines

Gordon Thompson, Nespresso, Tara Gartlan, Glovers Alley & Dee Laffan

Gordon Thompson, Nespresso, Tara Gartlan, Glovers Alley & Dee Laffan

InterContinental Hotel Ballsbridge chef team

InterContinental Hotel Ballsbridge chef team

Best Chef Connacht, Jess Murphy

Best Chef Connacht, Jess Murphy

Best Restaurant Ireland: OX, Belfast

Best Restaurant Ireland: OX, Belfast

Best Chef Ireland: Andy McFadden & Chef Team

Best Chef Ireland: Andy McFadden & Chef Team

F&W editor Dee Laffan and Ernie Whalley, Hall of Fame

F&W editor Dee Laffan and Ernie Whalley, Hall of Fame

Alain Kerloc'h, Fiona Cunningham - Tourism N.I. / Judge, Stephen Toman

Alain Kerloc'h, Fiona Cunningham - Tourism N.I. / Judge, Stephen Toman

An incredible menu that showcased the best of Irish produce was created by the InterContinental Dublin's Executive Chef, Alberto Rossi.

Guests enjoyed a selection of cured meats and crudites while they were being seated, followed by a cured Goatsbridge trout to start with smoked trout caviar, lemon gel and Ballyhack picked herb.

The main course was a pan seared, line caught North Atlantic cod served with seafood raviolo, braised baby gem, celeriac, and a vanilla puree. 

A cheese course included the delightful Northern Irish Young Buck cheese, Milleens, and a Mature Durrus, while dessert was be served 'family style' and included a fruit tart, raspberry cheesecake, and a Nespresso tiramisu, infused with the rich aroma and flavour of Ristretto.

All photography by Paul Sherwood.