The Euro-Toques Food Awards, sponsored by EirGrid, took place in Hugo’s on Merrion Row, Dublin on 31st July 2017.
Last year’s Euro-Toques Food Awards winners were five superb producers.
The Euro-Toques Food Awards 2017 event showcased the award-winners with canapés using their produce designed by Hugo’s chef, Maggie Roche, partnered with wines generously provided by Euro-Toques’ wine partners, Wines Direct, and water from event partners, San Pellegrino.
The experienced team of fishmongers at Galway’s Gannet Fishmongers, led by Stefan Griesbach, provide the best quality, best value, locally-sourced, wild Irish fish. Gannet Fishmongers supply the finest seafood to thousands of households and to the best restaurants along the Wild Atlantic Way.
The quality of their catch, their expertise and the enjoyment the Gannet team puts into their work has earned them the business, respect and friendship of many chefs and other fish enthusiasts
the sensational creamy raw dairy from Mimi and Owen Crawford’s small herd of lovely red, white and roan pedigree Shorthorn cows (named Molly, Rosy, Penny, Lucy, Pepper, Ruby, Belle and Roxy!) from the lush pastures of their organic north Tipperary farm. They keep all the natural goodness in their products, so do not sell any milk to external creameries. They produce raw dairy products for 10-months of the year, from March to mid-December. This seasonal dairying approach also goes back generations. It allows the Crawford Farm to sync forage requirements of the cattle with the grass growing season and allows them to produce the most nutrient dense products. www.crawfordsfarm.ie
DUNDRUM DEXTER BEEF
Another winner was the happy herd of over 600 Dexters that make up the heart of Eavaun Carmody’s Dundrum Dexter beef, reared in a stress-free environment with the application of traditional farming techniques at Killenure Castle Farm. The Dexter herd roam freely over the rich grasslands of South Tipperary and are considered a uniquely Irish heritage ‘warrior’ breed of cattle. Since 2007, as the custodian of Killenure Castle, Eavaun Carmody has built a sustainable, community-orientated business, to ensure the future survival of both the Castle, and the Dexter, for future generations.
DRUMMOND HOUSE GARLIC
Marita and Peter Collier’s innovative, tasty and intensely flavoured garlic grown from 800-year old heritage seed on their Co. Louth farm, Drummond House Garlic was also among the revered winners. The Colliers were drawn to garlic farming because of their passion for ‘real’ food. Food grown in the right way; in a way nature, not lifestyle, demands. Drummond House has now grown into the largest producer of garlic in Ireland and is embarking on a similar journey with asparagus
The final award of this year’s Euro-Toques Food Awards went to the forward-thinking farming of Becky and Charlie Cole at Broughgammon Farm in Co. Antrim for their delicious and healthy cabrito kid goat meat. Broughgammon has their own artisan on-site butchery, run seasonal cookery, butchery and wild game classes and have a little farm shop selling the best of Northern Irish and Irish produce. We also deliver our meat boxes all over Ireland and the UK.
COMMENDATION: MILLEENS CHEESE & VERONICA STEELE
A special commendation for her contribution to the Irish farmhouse cheese industry was awarded to the late Veronica Steele of Milleens Cheese
A trail-blazer, and the longest established producer of artisan cheese in the country, Veronica Steele almost single-handedly put Irish cheese on the international map. Generous with her time and expertise, Veronica made a significant contribution to the renaissance of farmhouse cheese-making in Ireland which greatly enhanced the country’s reputation as a food nation.
The 2017 awards were presented by journalist and current Chairperson of the Food Writers Guild, Aoife Carrigy, in the presence of chef Graham Neville, the Euro-Toques Commissioner General, Peter Everett, the Chair of the Euro-Toques Food Council who select the award recipients, David Martin of EirGrid, and the general membership of Euro-Toques.
Last year was the eighth consecutive year that EirGrid, operator of the national electricity transmission system, has sponsored the Euro-Toques Food Awards. Fintan Slye, CEO of awards sponsor EirGrid, said: “We’re especially proud to support these awards. Small business owners are the lifeblood of the local economy and small producers in particular are the lifeblood of the rural community. They truly are amazing people in what they contribute to food, the economy, the environment and life in Ireland and we’re delighted to be able to recognise their enormous achievements, as individuals and as a sector.”
“These awards symbolise what Euro-toques is and what Euro-toques chefs and restaurants are all about,” said chef Graham Neville, the Euro-Toques Commissioner General. “Sourcing the best quality local ingredients from Irish farmers and food producers, and cherishing the direct link we have to the producer. Our kitchen doors are always open to farmers and food producers, who constantly inspire us and our menus, and we are delighted to annually award the Euro-Toques Food Awards to these rare gems in the Irish culinary scene. Our congratulations go to all this year’s worthy winners.”