Chapter One enjoys another success story with two awards

THERE’S no stopping Ross Lewis and Dublin’s Chapter One — doubly acclaimed best chef and best restaurant in the country.

Last January the restaurant scooped a prestigious Michelin star. Yesterday they scored the prized two top slots at the ninth annual Jacob’s Creek awards.

Most satisfying to the Parnell Square people was knowing the latest accolades were garnered from their fellow foodies in the Restaurants Association of Ireland.

“I think it’s really all about perseverance and hard work. We were there a long time before we received some of the awards. It’s one thing to get an award from a tyre company, but acknowledgment from your peers brings the most satisfaction,” said Ross.

Since the Michelin star, Chapter One has become an impossible place to get a Saturday night table. There’s a seven-week waiting list.

Best seafood experience award went to Fishy Fishy Café in Kinsale, Co Cork run by husband and wife team Martin and Marie Shanahan.

“We’ve been in operation for eight years,” said Martin, “and our original building is still operating. We have rebranded this as Fishy Fishy Shop — which is a fish shop, a deli and a little café.

“We moved into our new restaurant last June; now we have a second Fishy Fishy Café. The main café is down the pier, next door to Acton’s Hotel.

“What is the secret ingredient? We source fish directly from the port, its only 500 yards to the pier — and from there, we keep it as simple as possible.”

Readers of Image magazine chose Saba in Dublin, a new Thai and Vietnamese restaurant, as “most stylish”.

Kanara took the best ethnic award for its Pakistani and Indian cuisine, while Ireland AM viewers on TV3 picked The Schoolhouse Hotel as top gastropub.

Opened in September, The Mill Restaurant, Celbridge, Co Kildare took “best newcomer” for celebrity chef Richard Corrigan.

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