Food for thought from a leading critic
One of the sectors charged with helping drive the Northern Ireland economy back to health played host to a man more used to critique-ing its product last week.
Food writer and critic Matthew Fort told a gathering of food industry bosses that Northern Ireland's produce can claim to be some of the best in the world.
And, speaking at Deloitte's annual NI Food & Drink Dinner at the Andy Warhol Exhibition at The MAC Belfast, he said that the food on offer in Northern Ireland's restaurants has improved dramatically in his 20 years of visiting the region.
"I would be a liar if I said it was the most sophisticated food on offer 20 years ago but even then your food had qualities which were becoming increasingly difficult to find elsewhere," he told the gathering of 70 representatives.
"Now we've seen a generation of chefs arrive which can take on the best in the world using the best ingredients which can being grown from and within these shores."
Mr Fort also turned his hand to the food industry and said there are growing opportunities for growth through collaboration and improved supply chain management.