Knockranny House Hotel and Spa in Westport celebrated two great wins at the Food & Wine Magazine/Louis Latour Restaurant of the Year Awards 2012. Head Chef Seamus Commons was again named Best Chef in Connacht, while La Fougère Restaurant was Highly Commended as a beacon of fine dining with accomplished cooking, local ingredients and consistently warm and efficient service.
Seamus, a Mayo native, was named Best Chef in Connacht for the second year running and the third time during his tenure at the family-owned Westport Hotel after receiving nominations from the food-loving general public. The final decision was made by a panel of Ireland’s most respected food and wine writers and experts.
“One of the key things for any chef to learn is the importance of consistency, so being voted Best Chef in Connacht for the second year running is incredibly rewarding,” said Seamus Commons.
“I like to think we serve the very best of locally sourced produce and being from Mayo myself, and being honestly proud of and passionate about the abundance of amazing local produce, a lot of it home-grown in our own garden, being voted Best Chef in Connacht really means the world to me and our team,” he said.
Talented, engaging, and in very demonstrable ways a true mentor to his own brigade, Seamus is no stranger to team accolades and awards. Knockranny’s trophy cabinet has been added to by the young talent he so carefully nurtures, with not just one but the last two Eurotoques Best Young Chefs of the Year coming from the kitchens of Knockranny House Hotel, under his guidance.
Now in its twelfth year and considered the most prestigious and authoritative culinary event in the Irish calendar, the Food & Wine Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards recognise and reward Ireland’s best restaurants and chefs.
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