2017 IRISH CURRY AWARDS

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER – ENTER NOW

The hottest and most exciting food competition on the entire island, the Irish Curry Awards, returns for its second year.

Entries are now open for the 2017 Irish Curry Awards and we are inviting curry houses across Ireland to enter for their chance to win this coveted all-Ireland curry competition.

The Irish Curry Awards consists of six categories – with a winner selected from each provincial shortlist (Ulster, Munster, Connacht and Leinster):

  • Best Chef
  • Best Young Chef (under 30)
  • Best Restaurant
  • Best Front of House
  • Best Takeaway
  • Best Newcomer

The awards are open to all restaurants, cafes and takeaways across Ireland.

Judges will score on set criteria and scores will be awarded accordingly, which will obviously vary, based on the category being judged, but include:

  • Style and variety of menu
  • Mood/welcome/front of house
  • Speed and quality of service
  • Family friendliness
  • Quality of presentation of dishes
  • Quality of food
  • Innovation/imagination
  • Seasonality/use of local produce
  • Value for money
  • Overall comments

The Irish Curry Awards is a not-for-profit event, with all profits donated to its nominated charity – Children’s Heartbeat Trust.

 

IRISH CURRY AWARDS: TUESDAY 24 OCTOBER AT CROWN PLAZA, BELFAST

There are hundreds of Indian eateries in Ireland.

They are undeniably popular but until now there have been no dedicated awards to recognise their culinary talents and contribution to the Irish food scene.

JUDGES

JORIS MINNE

JORIS MINNE

NI HEAD JUDGE

Joris Minne has been writing a food column every week in the Belfast Telegraph for five years. He has reviewed 263 Northern Ireland restaurants in that time.

His background is in journalism. He trained at National Geographic in Washington DC in the 1980s, joined London publishing giant IPC Magazines and moved to Madrid in 1990 where he was a researcher for Time, Sports Illustrated and Irish Times correspondents. He has been a director of leading Belfast PR agency JPR since 2001. He is devoted to his adopted city of Belfast having chaired the MAC through funding and eventual construction. He is a director of Women in Business and a contributor to BBC Northern Ireland current affairs and magazine programmes.

PAUL O'CONNOR

PAUL O'CONNOR

IRELAND HEAD JUDGE

Paul is a Judge in the British and Irish Great Taste Awards, a Judge in the Hotel and Restaurant Gold Medal Awards, Publicist, hospitality consultant and event manager.

He has worked extensively with many Irish Food Producers to promote their product and has worked with many food festivals particularly The Savour Kilkenny Food Festival for several years. He has presented radio shows that have a focus on food and is a regular contributor to discussions on food on many radio stations in Ireland. Paul has a large online following on social media in particular in the food community. He owns Farmhill restaurant in Goatstown, Dublin and absolutely loves curries!