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oakroomadareAndrew Carey

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BEST hotel restaurant, best provincial restaurant, best restaurant newcomer and now Limerick pastry chef, Janet Madden makes some of the best scones in the country and now she has been nominated as one of the top ten finalists in the Goodalls best scones in Ireland competition.

Taking to social media this week to make the announcement, The Limerick Strand hotel has now called on the people of Limerick to support their “very talented Pastry Chef”.

The overall winner of the best scone in Ireland will be announced on June 8 next at the Merrion Hotel Dublin.

Public votes make up 50 per cent of the marks in the final and as the only Limerick finalist, customers are asked to show their support for Janet’s baked delights.

“If you love our scones go online and vote for Janet of the Limerick Strand Hotel” is the call they say.

Janet says she is delighted to be nominated and is hoping for high praise come June 8.

www.goodalls.ie/events/irelands-best-scone to cast your vote.

Sticking with the theme of the best in Ireland, the Oakroom Restaurant at Adare Manor won the best hotel restaurant Ireland at the Restaurant Association of Ireland awards this week.

Backing up the strong showing from Limerick and indeed Adare, Wade Murphy’s Restaurant 1826 scooped Munster award while AROI in the city centre took to top spot in the province for the best newcomer.

Other awards on the night went to:

Best Restaurant – Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin

Best Chef – Mickael Viljanen of The Greenhouse, Dublin

Best Casual Dining – Rua, Mayo

Best Gastro Pub – The Poacher’s Pocket, Down

Best Seafood Experience – Fishy Fishy Restaurant, Cork

Anthony Gray, President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland commented;

“This year’s awards have been the biggest, brightest and the best. They are the awards everyone wants to be associated with, and everyone wants to be a winner. As a testament to their success, we’ve seen a huge increase in nominations and votes since last year, with over 30,000 nominations for Ireland’s favourite restaurants, chefs, gastro pubs, hotel restaurants and restaurant managers throughout the country. The Irish Restaurant Awards are all about celebrating those who have brought acclaim to the Irish food scene from abroad and who keep the restaurant industry thriving at home.

Ireland has so much to offer to the culinary tourist, and these Awards remind everyone of the quality and class of Irish restaurants and Chefs. The Irish restaurant scene is vital to the economy, employing 72,000 people and generating revenue in excess of €2 billion per year, it’s great to celebrate the work that all of our restaurateurs around the country do to keep this aspect of our culture alive and kicking.”