This Year’s Winners

Winners 2023

WATER | Kelly Mussels

Diarmuid Kelly
Kelly Mussels
The Kellys work with the native blue mussel - Mytulis edulis - which thrives in the clean, cold read more

LAND | Sliabh Aughty Honey

Noel Leahy
Sliabh Aughty Honey
The Leahy family have been beekeepers for four generations, harvesting Sliabh Aughty Honey from hives near and on read more

FARM | Skeaghanore Duck

Helena & Eugene Hickey
Skeaghanore Duck
Spotting a duck-shaped niche in the Irish market in 1994, set Eugene and Helena Hickey on a path read more

DAIRY | Velvet Cloud

Aisling and Michael Flanagan
Velvet Cloud
From their family farm in Co Mayo, Aisling and Michael Flanagan make a range of natural sheep milk read more

ARTISAN PRODUCE | Killahora Orchards

Barry Walsh
Killahora Orchards
Founded by cousins David Watson and Barry Walsh, Killahora Orchards in East Cork is rooted in the past read more

CRAFT (VINEGARS) | Wildwood Balsamics

Fionntan Gogarty
Wildwood Balsamics
Wildwood Balsamics was founded in spring 2012 with the elderflower harvest and has followed nature's calender ever since. read more
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The Euro-Toques Food Awards 2023 took place in Dunbrody House Hotel in Co. Wexford on 24th July, with winners introduced by chef Kevin Dundon and food writer Caroline Hennessy. The awards ceremony was followed by a wonderful feast of Irish produce, including this year’s awards winning products, created by Kevin Dundon and his team at Dunbrody House Hotel. All Euro-Toques producer members and nominees were invited to be part of the afternoon’s celebrations and were given the opportunity to showcase their produce, making this a genuinely rich and impressive celebratory showcase of the finest the island has to offer.

Six awards were presented under the categories Water, Land, Farm, Dairy, Artisan Produce and Craft.

This year’s award winners are: WATER | Kelly Mussel’s for their outstanding Blue Rope Mussels and their contribution to regenerative aquaculture in Ireland.

LAND | Sliabh Aughty Honey for their outstanding Raw Honeys and their contribution to the protection of Irish heritage and biodiversity.

FARM | Skeaghanore West Cork Farm for their outstanding Pekin Duck and their contribution to preserving the traditional and ethical way of rearing animals in Ireland.

DAIRY | Velvet Cloud for their outstanding Sheep Milk Yogurt and their contribution to championing Ireland’s rich and flavoursome dairy bounty.

ARTISAN PRODUCE | Killahora Orchard for their outstanding Rare Apple Ice Wine and their contribution to championing the artisan production of Irish craft drinks using apples.

CRAFT | Wildwood Balsamics & Vinegars for their outstanding Wild Aged Vinegars and their contribution to protecting the tradition and skill of vinegar making in Ireland.

The common denominator running through the six categories this year is the theme of social responsibility with a focus on increasing biodiversity and the conservation of traditions and heritage. For 2023, Euro-Toques particularly highlighted: mussel farms and regenerative aquaculture; honey producers and beekeepers; producers of forgotten meats; our rich bounty of yogurts and ice-creams; makers of craft drinks based on apples such as cider, brandy and wines; and last – but not least – our innovative vinegar makers.

The ceremony was followed by a wonderful garden feast that brought together 100 chefs and producers, a real celebration of Irish produce featuring this year’s winners, nominees, and Euro-Toques members. Produce from over 30 producers was showcased on a beautifully laid-out communal Harvest Table, created by the Euro-Toques Food Council to draw attention to some of the best produce Ireland has to offer.

The Food Council’s mission extends far beyond this event. Together, we represent a diverse tapestry of culinary knowledge, experiences, and insights that have shaped our approach to recognizing excellence within the industry. We are committed to fostering a sustainable, inclusive, and thriving culinary landscape,” said chef Conor Halpenny, newly elected as Head of the Euro-Toques Ireland Food Council. “Our responsibility is not only to acknowledge the talents and achievements of our nominees and winners but also to inspire and empower the entire community. Today, we honour the unsung heroes—the producers, farmers, and artisans—who work diligently behind the scenes to craft the flavours that delight our senses. We pay tribute to the artisans—the masters of their craft—who tirelessly strive to preserve traditions, revive forgotten flavours, and push the boundaries of what is possible in the culinary realm.”

Euro-Toques Ireland’s long-term strategy is to create a platform where chefs and producers can meet, network and exchange knowledge. Membership to the Community is open to all chefs and producers who are aligned with the ethos of Euro-Toques Ireland, based on local, seasonal produce that has been grown, farmed, or produced in a way that prioritises short supply chains. Manuela Spinelli, Head of Community, People & Culture said: “When chefs and producers ask me ‘What do I gain in becoming a member of Euro-Toques?’ I always answer, ‘You get to be part of it!’ Developing a community with shared values is our objective at Euro-Toques Ireland and engage, engage, engage, is our message.”

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