The Tannery Restaurant in Dungarvan, which has earned consistent praise from food critics and diners alike in recent years, enjoyed another good showing in this year’s Food &Wine/Edward Dillon Restaurant of the Year awards.

Over 500 chefs and restaurateurs from around the country Ireland gathered for the awards lunch on Sunday, making it the biggest culinary event of the year to date. Paul Flynn took the Munster Best Chef award, while The Tannery itself earned the ‘Highly Commended’ tag.

This was another good night for the restaurant, given that Flynn had previously picked up the Georgina Campbell Chef of the Year prize for 2008.

Also of local interest, James Whelan Butchers of Clonmel was Highly Commended in the Best Artisan Supplier category.

Dylan McGrath, from Mint Restaurant in Dublin was named as national Chef of the Year while Mac Nean House & Bistro was voted the best overall Restaurant of the Year.

Well-known chef Richard Corrigan and the Sheridan brothers were named as Hall of Fame award winners for their “outstanding contribution to Ireland’s gastronomic development”.

Other national awards went to newcomer Jo Burger for the X Factor award, Tobergal Lane for The Good Cooking Award and Pearl Brasserie for Best Service, while Harvey Nics First Floor restaurant won the Style award. 

Among the judging panel for the awards were Norah Casey, the publisher of ‘Food&Wine’ Magazine (Chairperson), Irish Independent critic Paolo Tulio and Tomás Clancy, Wine Correspondent of The Sunday Business Post.