2009 Award Winners CHEF OF THE YEAR 2009

Richard Corrigan - Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

This well known UK-based Irish chef burst onto the Dublin dining scene in the summer of 2008 with the opening of Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill on St Stephen’s Green and – although the fact that the ‘downturn’ arrived at pretty much the same time as he re-opened the former Brownes Hotel in its newly smart yet unfussy livery must have given him cause for reflection – Richard Corrigan’s down-to-earth ethos of giving real food and real value could not have been more timely for a city so often accused of over-hyping and over-pricing.

Some may question our choice of a chef whose main business interests are in London for one of our major awards, but – unlike British ‘names’ like Gary Rhodes and Gordon Ramsay, who never intended to have an everyday role in the Irish restaurants that bear their names – Richard Corrigan is no consultant, but a committed proprietor/executive chef who spends a significant amount of time in his Dublin kitchen and is determined to make this stylish, ingredients-led and value-driven dining experience a success.

And there could be no better ambassador for quality Irish foods than Corrigan, who has a vision for marketing Ireland, based on the energetic marketing of this country’s traditional hospitality and outstanding produce – his respect for these resources, which he regards as largely untapped, will be clear to anyone who reads his new book, The Clatter of Forks and Spoons (the title is a quote from Joyce’s, The Dead), which is not just a great cookery book but a hymn to good simple food. Mr Corrigan, we wish you well – and hope that many may be inspired to follow your example.

4 votes

The Cliff Town House

Dublin 2, Dublin City
Restaurant / Restaurant with Rooms
Has Good Hotel Guide Url Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Serious About Seafood Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner
With its enviable location overlooking St Stephen’s Green, the dining room of this handsome Georgian building is both elegant and impressive. A sister to the much feted Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford, this urban outpost is a fashionab ...

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