Honouring the Hard Work and Dedication of the Very Best of Irish Food Producers
The Irish Food Writers’ Guild (IFWG) Awards are about only one thing – true excellence. Through them the members of the IFWG honour the hard work and dedication of the very best of Irish food producers. It is known that an award of this kind can be of particular benefit to an artisan or speciality food producer. Throughout the year, members, in the course of their daily work, have many opportunities to sample a variety of food products. Members may nominate products they believe meet the criteria and reach the standard of excellence required.
Maírín Uí Chomáin, Chairperson of the Irish Food Writers Guild, said “We believe the awards are regarded as the most prestigious food awards in Ireland because we have a long and carefully considered selection process involving every member of the guild. The awards are unique, in that we deliberately have no set categories, and no one may enter themselves for consideration. Only guild members can nominate a product or producer and I assure you they take the nomination, tasting and voting very seriously indeed.
“The food product, which must be produced in Ireland, may be traditional or innovative. And although the product itself may be new to the market the producer must have been trading for at least three years. Award winners do not even know they are being considered until informed after the final vote of the members.”
The 2007 winners are:
- Good 4U Food and Drink Company, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, for their brocco shoots.
- Meadow Sweet Apiaries, Co Offaly, for their honey and range of honey products.
- Mossfield Organic Farmhouse Cheese, Co Offaly, for their range of cheeses.
- Ummera Smoked Products, Timoleague, Co, Cork, for their smoked silver eel.
Click here for recipes created by Derry Clarke from L’Ecrivian restaurant for 2007 awards lunch, showcasing the award winners.