Meeran Manzoor, Executive Head Chef of The Blue Haven Collection and Rare Restaurant, took home gold in Ireland’s Chef of The Year category at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Winners were announced on Tuesday 30th January at a black tie event held in the Galmont Hotel & Spa in Galway.
Meeran said “It is always a great feeling to get recognised, and it gives both me and the team a boost of motivation going into the new year. This award also honours my amazing team in Rare, I see it as a collective award for all of us, acknowledging all the hard work that goes into producing the food and experience we are so proud of in Rare.”
The menu in Rare is influenced by Meeran’s Tamil Nadu heritage; diners can choose from a five-course tasting menu or a seven-course tasting menu which are both available with wine pairings.
Judged by industry experts, the Virgin Media Gold Medal Awards recognise and reward excellence in hospitality and catering operations across Ireland. The judging panel reviews a set of criteria including a blind site inspection to decide the winners of each category.
The Blue Haven Collection also won Best Family Run Hotel Group in Ireland at the Virgin Media Gold Medal Awards. The collection includes The Blue Haven Hotel, The Old Bank Townhouse and The Schull Harbour Hotel, Hamlets Bar & Kitchen, Kielys of Cork and Black Barrel Midleton.
Rare at The Blue Haven is located in The Blue Haven Hotel on Pearse Kinsale, Co Cork. For more information see www.rare1784.ie