James Street South's head chef lands top award
The head chef at James Street South in Belfast has been named the best in Ireland at a major awards event. David Gillmore, whose menu includes Lough Neagh smoked eel and Rademon estate pigeon, won the Best Chef in Ireland gong at the YesChef.ie awards in the Hodson Bay Hotel & Spa in Athlone.
The YesChef Awards aim to reward culinary champions across Ireland for their commitment to local produce and their world-class menus.
Mr Gillmore's award comes after James Street South won the Best Restaurant in Ireland gong at the Georgina Campbell Awards and was also named the Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland for the third time by the Waitrose Good Food Guide.
The restaurant was the first in the McKenna family of restaurants, which now includes a neighbouring Bar + Grill, as well as Hadskis and newest addition, Cast and Crew.
Owner Niall McKenna said: "David is a true visionary and we are creating some of the most exciting menus in the country for our guests. We welcome people from across Ireland on a regular basis who come to enjoy our extensive and varied menus which are committed to local produce."
YesChef publisher Shane Smith said: "The level of commitment to the hospitality industry is superb and is clearly written in so many menus across Ireland and Northern Ireland.
"It's all about the provenance and sourcing the best, thus allowing chefs and restaurants to deliver consistency on a plate, whether a fresh seafood dish, lamb chops or even a great burger."
Students from Southern Regional College in Newry were among some of the students from around Ireland who were involved in preparing and serving the banquet at the YesChef awards.
David finds the taste for success as he lands top award