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The Irish Restaurant Awards returns for 2022

We are delighted to announce that the Irish Restaurant Awards is back and will launch on Wednesday 8th June 2022. This is the 13th year of the Awards, which ceased midway in early 2020 due to the pandemic, and we look forward to celebrating the best of the Hospitality Sector now that it has reopened.

As with previous years the Irish Restaurant Awards process begins with an online public vote (hosted via the Irish Times here from 12 noon Wednesday 8th June 2022 until 22nd June 2022), then a judging process of National Experts, followed by Regional Events in the four provinces at which County Winners will be announced, then a Dublin Shortlist and then the All Ireland Final at which the Regional and National Winners will be announced.

In 2019 the Irish Restaurant Awards consisted of a roadshow of 4 regional events – Kildare, Monaghan, Limerick and Sligo  – with over 2,500 guests in total. The final event was in The Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road and saw 1000+ guests sit down for a five course gala dinner cooked by 5 renowned chefs (previous award winners). The awards have grown year upon year and help showcase the true talent that Ireland’s hospitality industry has to offer.

Judging Process  – County Winner Selection

This year there are two stages to the Irish Restaurant Awards Judging.

Stage 1: Choosing county/provincial winners

Once the online nominations (worth 20%) are closed, they are independently audited by BDO and then passed on to our regional judging panels. The nominees are reviewed by the judges (worth 80%).

The county and provincial winners are then announced at the Regional Awards in August and September. Dublin nominees are shortlisted at this stage and will be announced separately.

Stage 2: National Academy Judging

The final stage sees selected judges from the regional panels join together to form the National Academy. They will review each finalist, and they will also review the National Category nominees and decide the overall winners. 

The overall winners in all categories will then be announced at the highly anticipated Irish Restaurant Awards Final in September 2022.

Regional Awards Events & All Ireland Awards Gala

County winners will be announced at our regional events throughout the month of August and early September. Full Event details will be sent to all nominees via post/ email following the close of nominations and will also be listed on our website with ticketing information.

Regional and All Ireland Winners are then revealed at the All Ireland Awards Gala Dinner on Monday, 19th September 2022 in the Convention Centre Dublin. Full Ticket and Event information will be released in September following Regional Events.

Please visit our FAQ Page for more information on the Irish Restaurant Awards

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