Tuesday, 27 May 2014

EirGrid Euro-Toques Food Awards 2014

The very best of Irish produce were recognised and celebrated yesterday at the Euro-Toques Food Awards 2014. The event took place at the Residence Club on St Stephen's Green in Dublin at a reception hosted by Ella McSweeney with canap├ęs featuring the Award Winning foods, stylishly prepared by Graham Neville of Restaurant Forty One.
With Irish Cuisine and produce currently enjoying international recognition, five producers from all over Ireland were presented with a coveted Euro- Toques Award for their outstanding produce.The Award also recognises innovation and the preservation of traditional methods handed down from generation to generation and these were very much alive with these winners, albeit an innovative twist but foremost, their passion for the survival of traditional techniques and skills and channelling those into thriving Artisan businesses.
The Winners were selected by  Ireland's 160 Euro-Toques Chefs; Central to the selection criteria among others were Taste;Environmental sustainability;Preservation of traditional methods and Provenance.

The Five Award recipients are :
  • Toonsbridge Dairy for the amazing quality of their mozzarella and their innovative approach in bringing a foreign tradition to Ireland and making it their own at their dairy farm in Macroon, Co.Cork since 2011, using traditional techniques learnt in Italy and their herd of prized Prince of Lombardia Buffalo.
                          Toonsbridge Mozzarella, strawberry and Kenah hill cucumber gazpacho


                                                   Toonsbridge set Buffalo milk pudding
  • Ed Hick of J Hick & sons, a champion of innovation and tradition, particularly in his production of his much valued cured and smoked Irish Wild Venison. A rare gem in the Irish Culinary scene and present on the menu of many restaurants around the country.
                                 Ed Hick's Wild smoked Venison, Orange and pickled chive bud
  • Balluhoura Mountain Mushrooms, Celebrated growers of speciality mushrooms and attracting the attention of Euro-Toques Chefs due to their uniqueness in flavour and texture. Grown in a unique natural micro climate in Ballyhoura, Co.Cork and among others their Award Winning Shitake and Oyster variety.
                                     Ballyhoura Mushroom powder, Chicken skin & popcorn

                                                    Pressed Ballyhoura Mushroom on toast
  • Wild Irish Game, operating in a remote rural valley in Clenmalure, Co.Wicklow, they are committed to delivering the best and the highest quality wild game available. A fervent supporter of sustainable hunting and seasonality, hence it is of no surprise that their customer list reads like Ireland's guide of Top restaurants.
                                             Wild Greenane Rabbit tortellini and consomme
  • Achill Island Sea salt, producing the finest hand-harvested sea salt from the wild Atlantic waters of Keel bay. Dedicated and passionate in keeping the age-old tradition of salt production, coupled with the famed texture, taste and it's snowflakes appearance.
                                                     Milk and Achill Island Sea salt Oreo

Euro-Toques Ireland....The European community of Chefs & Cooks
Contact : Manuela Spinelli
Toonsbridge Dairy www.therealoliveco.com
Ed Hick 087- 2611258
Ballhoura Mushrooms www.ballyhouramushrooms.ie
Wild Irish Game  www.wildirishgame.ie
Achill Island Sea salt www.achillislandseasalt.ie

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