Chef Brian McDermott, a dedicated supporter of local food and drink, has featured in an international awards competition.
Brian’s Donegal Table cookbook, which has been featured in FarmWeek’s artisan recipe section, has been selected to represent Ireland in the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
“Massive news; fantastic; I’m very proud as this was totally unexpected,” Brian said on hearing the news.
Brian is the resident chef on the Mark Patterson Show on BBC Radio Foyle and is also the chef/owner of the Foyle Hotel in Moville, County Donegal. He is a stalwart of food events, especially in Derry.
Also known for his regular television work and demonstrations, Brian will represent Ireland in two categories – Chef and Television – at the finals in Macau next July.
It crowns an amazing year for the chef who, in September, secured the Georgina Campbell Newcomer of the Year award for his latest venture, the boutique Foyle Hotel in Moville.
Accepting this top award on behalf of ‘the 36 excited staff’ at the hotel at a glittering awards ceremony in Dublin, Brian spoke of his particular delight to bring the award home to the place that is the inspiration for so much of his wonderful food and the source of the finest local produce.
As he takes to the world stage, Brian’s proud that his family, his wife Brenda and supportive daughters Aoife and Niamh, ‘are just as thrilled’ as he is. Everything he does, he modestly insists, is a result of team effort.
The aims of the Gourmand awards are to honour those who cook with words; to give an overview of world food and drink culture in all its rich diversity; and to promote the best authors and publishers in the genre.
It can also only help boost his break into the copyright foreign rights