MASTERCHEFS HOSPITALITY’s busy new restaurant at The Pavilion in UL, has been crowned Ireland’s best new hospitality business. The new eatery, operated by Thomond Park caterer, Masterchefs Hospitality, took the title after winning one of the most prestigious awards in Irish hospitality – the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Award for Best Newcomer, sponsored by BWG Food Service.
The Pavilion operation beat off stiff competition from new hospitality businesses across Ireland to win the award at the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel on Tuesday night (25th September). Run by leading hospitality industry magazine, Hotel & Catering Review, and judged by an independent jury of experienced hospitality practitioners, the Gold Medal Awards are widely regarded as the most prestigious and coveted awards in the business. A total of 17 category awards were presented at this year’s black tie ceremony, which was attended by over 400 leading hoteliers, restaurateurs and caterers from across Ireland. (See Editors Note for full list of award winners.)
‘Masterchefs Hospitality is on a roll,’ noted Sarah Grennan, editor of Hotel & Catering Review and chairperson of the Gold Medal Awards Jury. ‘This award-winning caterer, headed by managing director Pat O’Sullivan, has had a busy year opening the new restaurant at the Pavilion in UL in the spring and providing the catering at the Volvo Ocean Race finale in Galway in the summer. It’s not hard to see why the firm was chosen to cater at such a prestigious sporting event. Its operation at the Pavilion has enjoyed a roaring success since its launch earlier this year, impressing with its quality food operation, great service and stylish facilities. When it comes to catering, Masterchefs has the winning formula.’
The Pavilion restaurant was one of two Masterchefs Hospitality operations short-listed as finalists in this year’s Gold Medal Awards. The group’s busy Moffetts Restaurant in NUI Galway was named as a finalist in the Institutional Catering category, while Masterchefs’ sister company, Café Noir, also received two nominations. Its Café Noir, Castletroy, and Blas by Café Noir in UL, were short-listed in the Cafés & Tearooms category.
Running for 24 years, the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards are intensely competitive, drawing entries from hundreds of hotel, restaurant, guesthouse, club, spa and catering businesses every year. Each entrant is rigorously assessed by members of the Gold Medal Awards Jury who travelled over 20,000 kilometres across the island this summer to search for the Ireland’s greatest purveyors of hospitality.