Derry Clarke Awarded Best Chef Award at the 2018 Good Good Eating Guide to Ireland Awards

Derry Clarke, proprietor L’Ecrivain Restaurant took the overall best chef award at the IMRO sponsored Good Eating Guide to Ireland annual award presentations in Dublin’s Conrad Hotel last week.  Dublin born Clarke trained in the classical French tradition in the Man Friday in Kinsale. He came home to Dublin to continue his training under the direction of John Howard in Le Coq Hardi for four years. He then spent 8 years as Head Chef in le Bon Appetit Restaurant where his aspirations were always to open a place of his own. He and Sallyanne married in 1987 and opened l’Ecrivain Restaurant in July 1989.  l’Ecrivain has been awarded many accolades over the past twenty nine years, including a Michelin Star first awarded in 2003. A highly popular television personality he has headlined a number programmes over past years and more recently he has teamed up with Paul Flynn and Catherine Fulvio for RTÉ’s series Lords & Ladles which takes the viewer on a historical journey to celebrate our past through the wonders of food and the glories of cooking. The award  presentations were made by the Chairwoman of the Oireahtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government Maria Bailey TD.

Full list of Good Eating Guide to Ireland 2018 Award Winners

Best Restaurant Overall    Shanahans
Best Restaurant Munster  Ballymaloe House
Best Restaurant Leinster  Ananda
Best Restaurant Connaught  The Pullman Restaurant @ Glenlo Abbey
Best Restaurant Ulster  The Old Inn Crawfordsburn
Best Chef Overall  Derry Clarke ( Lecrivain )
Best Chef  Munster  David McCann ( Dromoland Castle )
Best Chef Leinster  Kevin Arundel  ( Chop House )
Best Chef  Connaught  Jonathan Keane (The Lodge @ Ashford Castle. )
Best Chef  Ulster    Noel McMeel  ( Lough Erne Resort )
Best Gastro Pub  Overall    Fade Street Gastro Pub
Best Gastro Pub Munster  The Courtyard
Best Gastro Pub Leinster   Gleesons of BooterstownBest Gastro P
ub Connaught  Buffalo Boy Carrick-on-Shannon
Best Gastro Pub  Ulster  Murphs Gastro Pub Butlersbridge
Best Seafood Overall  Matt the Thresher
Best Seafood Munster O’Connors Bantry
Best Seafood Leinster  Lobstar
Best Seafood Connaught Sage Westport
Best Seafood Ulster Olde Castle Bar
Best Hotel Restaurant Overall  Coburg @ The Conrad
Best Hotel Restaurant Munster Faithlegg Hse
Best Hotel Restaurant Leinster  The K Club
Best Hotel Restaurant Connaught Renvyle House
Best Hotel Restaurant Bushmills Inn
Best Newcomer Forno 500
Best Wine List Montys
Best Cocktail Bar  Koh
Best Ethnic Overall Indie Spice Sandymount
Best Ethnic Restaurant Leinster  Cinnamon Garden
Best Value Restaurant  Rolys Bistro
Best Value Seafood  Restaurant  Klaw Seafood Café
Most Stylish Restaurant Peploes
Best Tapas Restaurant   Salamanca
Best Tourist Venue Overall Oliver St John Gogarty
Best Tourist Venue Munster  River House  Cahir
Best Social Media   Fade St Group
Best Front of House Amy O’ Brien ( Darwins )
Special Award 50th Anniversary  Cavistons, Dalkey

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