Tributes have been paid to a renowned chef who died suddenly at the age of 51.
Gerard (Gerry) Russell was the head chef, and partner, at Café Merlot at Blakes of the Hollow in Enniskillen for almost 20 years.
He passed away on September 2.
Originally from Belfast, Gerry's funeral took place earlier this week in Lurgan, where his family lives.
Gerry's work at Café Merlot led to the well-known restaurant becoming one of the Irish Times' top 100 places to eat in Ireland. He also won a coveted Michelin rosette during his time there.
Gerry's wide-ranging culinary career took him to South East Asia and Australia, working alongside greats such as Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay.
In particular, he ran a restaurant for 10 years in Perth, Australia, before moving back to Belfast where he became the executive chef for Wine Inns in the city.
He then relocated to Enniskillen, running various successful restaurants throughout the town before moving to Café Merlot.
Leading the family tributes was his sister, Maureen who said: "He was very quiet and unassuming gentleman. He didn't like recognition for what he had done. He would be the type of guy that would stay in the kitchen."
"He is well known for his sheer talent. It is a great loss because he was so accomplished and he wouldn't shout about it," she added.
Maureen also spoke of how difficult the funeral was due to current Covid-19 travel restrictions. "His eldest sister, Anne, couldn't attend as she lives in Australia. I have a brother Brian in Florida who couldn't attend either," Maureen said.
Speaking about his talent, the proprietor of Blakes of the Hollow, Pat Blake, said: "Gerry was spoken of in the highest terms as an accomplished chef in the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland."
"His cooking was described as being on a par with any Michelin-starred chef in the country. He was up at that level," Pat added. "Customers from across the country would've had the privilege of dining in Café Merlot under the expert eye of Gerry."
Pat said Gerry's legacy at the restaurant will continue, with the staff he expertly trained up, continuing to run the kitchen.
"He's a loss to our business in Enniskillen, the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland and to his family," Pat continued.
Gerry, who lived in Monea near Enniskillen, is survived by his mother Bridie, children Mia and Oistin, and siblings, Anne, Jim, Brian and Maureen.