Irish Restaurant Awards 2013: The Winners

The Tannery, Dungarvan
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The Tannery, Dungarvan

The Tannery, Dungarvan, winner of Best Restaurant in Munster and Ireland for 2013, and Best Chef in Munster, Paul Flynn. Original Photo: Babaduck

The finals of the annual Irish Restaurant Awards were held in Dublin last night in the Burlington Hotel. Having gone through the regional finals in various stages earlier in the year, the grand final gives the nod to the best in class in Ireland of restaurants across a wide variety of categories. On the local front (to me anyway) there were wins for Mount Juliet’s The Lady Helen restaurant in as Best Regional Hotel Restaurant in Leinster, topping it all off by winning the national award as well for Best Hotel Restaurant in Ireland.

Ananda’s Suni Gahi has been named Best Chef in Ireland for 2013 while The Tannery in Dungarvan (pictured above), under the watchful eye of Paul Flynn (Best Chef in Munster) has been named as Best Restaurant in Ireland for 2013.

Read on for the full list of winners…

Here, are the winners, complete with Twitter handles:

For more information on the awards, the judging process and a look back at the regional winners over the past few months, check out Congratulations to all involved and all the winners on the night, hopefully the plaque and coverage out of the event brings even more business through your doors through 2013. You can also check back through the #foodoscars hashtag to check out the conversations from last night’s ceremony.

If your name is on the list above and you’d like to let me know what the award means to you, feel free to leave a comment below or pop me an email to and keep in touch about how your restaurant is doing throughout the year.

Written by Ken McGuire

Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.