Chapter One rewrites the recipe for restaurant supremacy

Chapter One has once again rewritten the recipe for success, with the fine dining Dublin venue now named best restaurant four years in a row.

The Michelin-starred restaurant — co-owned by Ross Lewis and Martin Corbett — has won the equivalent of the Booker Prize for food seven times.

Since opening 20 years ago on Parnell Square, Chapter One has scooped the Restaurant Association of Ireland’s (RAI’s) top award in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and again this year.

RAI chief executive Adrian Cummins said Chapter One continued to be nominated as the best restaurant because of its attention to detail, excellent quality and service, atmosphere and the use of local produce.

Mr Lewis prepared the State dinner for Queen Elizabeth at Dublin Castle last year.

“Chapter One is simply the best in Ireland. It is setting the benchmark for the total dining package for others to follow,” said Mr Cummins.

The title of Best Chef in Ireland went to Garret Byrne who, with his partner, Bríd Hannon, opened Champagne in Kilkenny in 2008.

Mr Byrne was head chef in Chapter One when it won a Michelin star in 2007 before opening Champagne, a classy restaurant specialising in modern French-style cuisine.

The best hotel restaurant award went to the Long Room, at The Lodge, Doonbeg, Co Clare — a five star establishment that opened in 2006.

The Long Room offers fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as the opportunity to enjoy fine cuisine by chef Wade Murphy.

A total of 6,000 nominations were made for Ireland’s favourite restaurants, chefs, gastro pubs, hotel restaurants and local food heroes.

Mr Cummins said the RAI had received a very positive response from the Government to their appeal for help in recruiting around 1,000 apprentice chefs.

“We are hopeful a tax incentive programme will be developed to encourage unemployed people to take up a career as a chef,” said Mr Cummins.

“The restaurant business is a bit flat at the moment because of a lack of consumer confidence.

“On the plus side, however, there has never been a better opportunity to dine out because of the deals on offer throughout the country.”

The best

All-Ireland Winners:

* Best Casual Dining: O’Connells, Dublin.

* Best Customer Service: Harvey’s PointHotel, Donegal.

* Best Gastro Pub: The Chop House, Dublin.

* Best Hotel Restaurant: The Long Room, Doonbeg, Co Clare.

* Best Chef: Garrett Byrne, Champagne, Kilkenny.

* Best Restaurant: Chapter One.

Munster Winners:

* Best Casual dining: La Cucina, Limerick.

* Best Customer Service: Isaac’s Restaurant, Cork.

* Best Gastro Pub: The Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare.

* Best Hotel Restaurant: The Long Room, Doonbeg, Co Clare.

* Best Chef: Wade Murphy, the Long Room.

* Best Restaurant: Les Gourmandises, Cork.


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