Restaurants around the country have seen their passion for food and flair for presentation rewarded by a company more famous for making tyres.
Two new Irish restaurants have been awarded their first Michelin star while a further seven establishments have retained their Michelin-star status.
The Greenhouse in Dublin and Loam restaurant in Galway are both new additions to the prestigious Michelin Great Britain & Ireland Guide 2016.
The awards list, also known as the Red Guide, is regarded as the most prestigious in the culinary world.
Belfast’s Eipic and Ox restaurants were also new additions to the Michelin list and there was good news for previous winners Chapter One and L’Ecrivain in Dublin, Cliff House in Waterford, Aniar in Galway and Campagne and Lady Helen in Kilkenny which all retained their one-star rating.
Head chef of The Lady Helen Ken Harker said he was “humbled” to be recognised with the award for the third consecutive year.
“Retaining our Michelin star for another year is a testament to the inherent passion for food in the Mount Juliet Estate and the team of highly skilled chefs that I am lucky to work with in our kitchen. A key consideration in Michelin grading is consistency and I believe we achieve that through our passion, dedication and hard work over the last three years.”
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud held on to its status and remains the only two-star Michelin restaurant in Ireland.
A further seven Irish restaurants also received the Michelin Bib Gourmand for “good quality, good value cooking”, including two restaurants in Kinsale. Bastion is the second Cork restaurant to feature in the guide and joins Fishy Fishy which has retained its status from previous years.
Editor of the Michelin Guide Rebecca Burr said maintaining a high level of haute cuisine was the aim of the annual awards.
“Each year we seek out new candidates and reassess our existing award restaurants. Consistency is a key part of our selection process and it is important for our readers that the standard of cooking is maintained.”
It was not all good news however with Dublin’s Thornton’s Restaurant and Bon Appétit both having their star removed. Thornton’s, owned by celebrity chef Kevin Thornton, has held a Michelin star rating since 2006 while Bon Appétit has held one since 2008.
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