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Sing-a-long with chef Ryan for a superb culinary treat at The Devenish in Belfast

This self-taught Finaghy-based chef shows off his skill - and taste in music - in his takeaway four-course meals which are selling out fast

Roam Pop-Up at Kaff in Gymco, The Devenish, Finaghy. www.roampopup.com

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Roam Pop-Up at Kaff in Gymco, The Devenish, Finaghy. www.roampopup.com

Roam Pop-Up at Kaff in Gymco, The Devenish, Finaghy. www.roampopup.com

Roam Pop-Up at Kaff in Gymco, The Devenish, Finaghy. www.roampopup.com

Earlier this week, Michelin announced the Ireland and GB restaurants to be awarded stars and Bib Gourmands for their 2021 guide. It was good news and bad. Our three Michelin-starred restaurants, Ox, Eipic and Muddler's Club retained their awards but we ended up in a Bib Gourmand deficit with the loss of James Street, Clenaghans and Fontana from the roster.

The Bib Gourmand tally is a reflection of excellence and affordability, something for which the north's restaurants, bistros, and bars have built an unrivalled reputation. Yet we are down to five Bib Gourmands: Home, Noble, Wine & Brine, Deane's at Queens and Balloo House. It's a poor reflection on the Michelin inspectors not to have kept the three others but also to have overlooked Stock, Brown's in Derry, Catalina in Fermanagh and a good number of others.

But still, there are many great advantages to the region securing any Michelin acknowledgement. The stars and awards bring a broader benefit to the restaurant sector. Here in the north, the very fact that we have three Michelin-starred restaurants and five with Bib Gourmands, is evidence of a wider restaurant trade which strives for excellence.


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