2021 Award Winners CHEF OF THE YEAR 2021

Damien Grey Liath

Liath, Blackrock Dublin

Serving an exquisite tasting menu, Damien Grey and a superb team deliver a fairy tale experience at his stylish little restaurant. Underpinned by seasonality, excellence and genuine warmth it offers a sense of escapism and exclusivity and is widely recognised as one of the finest dining experiences in Ireland. But, with sittings of no more than 12 diners, the question everyone is pondering is: how do you make that pay? It seems that Damien is making it clear that the age of cheap food is over; low prices in a high cost economy are not sustainable. As consumers, this is just one example of a truth we will have to accept - that quality costs money, that quality is not quantity, and that consuming better in terms of quality will lead to consuming less in terms of quantity. The message is timely and, during Covid-19 restrictions, reinforced by a number of innovative initiatives including an outstanding Liath To Go offering and a virtual dining experience, ‘Liath Uncut’. Small, yes. But mighty.  

5 votes


Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Restaurants Offering Consistent Excellence Overall 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. Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner
If Liath is difficult to find, it’s even trickier to get a seat in. Tucked away deep within Blackrock Market, two discreet grey doors on the low-key exterior open like the wardrobe to Narnia. Behind them lies a restaurant so special, so clever an ...

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