Co. Waterford brought home eight individual titles at the Irish Restaurant Awards in September. Now in its 13th year, it aims to recognise excellence in restaurants and wider hospitality.
Four businesses won, two being Taste Waterford members, scooping accolades at the prestigious awards ceremony in Dublin.
GROW HQ in Waterford won the Munster and All-Ireland award for Best Sustainable Practices.
Mezze, based in Tramore, scooped Munster and Ireland’s Best World Cuisine.
Also in Tramore the Beach House was voted Best Newcomer in Munster and Best Seafood Experience in Ireland.
And finally, The Old Couch Café in Waterford claimed Munster and Ireland’s Best Emerging Irish Cuisine.
Shona Dubois, Director of Operations at GROW HQ, commented on the awards: “The whole GIY and GROW HQ team are absolutely thrilled to pick up the All Ireland Award for Best Sustainable Practices at the Restaurant awards. It’s such an honour to be the first recipients of this award and to have all our hard work running a sustainable food business recognised on a national level, alongside our peers in the sector. It’s really a testament to the teams passion and hard work every day at GROW HQ. As the Irish hub for Chefs Manifesto, sustainable food practices are at the core of who we are, and we strive to live and teach the GIY mission of 1) Eat more plants; 2) End food waste; 3) Support small food producers; 4) Stop food pollution; 5) Connect with nature, every day.”