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The Irish Restaurant Awards Return for 2022

June 9, 2022

The IMRO sponsored Irish Restaurant Awards is back.  This is the 13th year of the Awards, which ceased midway in early 2020 due to the pandemic, and this year’s Awards look forward to celebrating the best of Hospitality now that the Sector has reopened.

As with previous years the Irish Restaurant Awards process begins with an online public vote hosted via the Irish Times. This is followed by the judging process of National Experts, followed by Regional Events in the four provinces at which County Winners will be announced, a Dublin Shortlist and culminating in the All-Ireland Irish Restaurant Final.

“The aim of the Irish Restaurant Awards is to recognize excellence within the Irish hospitality industry. These awards are a celebration and acknowledgement of the hard work put in by restaurateurs and hospitality businesses and their talented staff year-round. Our Awards campaign ceased abruptly in 2020 and now that the Hospitality Sector has reopened and continues to recover it feels right to celebrate the best of hospitality”Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland

This year, there are 21 categories in which the general public can nominate. These categories are made up of 16 Main Award categories and five National Award categories and there is a brand-new award category this year– Best Sustainable Practices. Full list of Awards Categories.

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 Awards Events throughout the month of August and early September. Full Regional Awards event details will be announced 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.

Photo credit: Paul Sherwood Photography

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