2010 Award Winners CHEF OF THE YEAR AWARD 2010

Eamonn O'Reilly - One Pico, Dublin

Chef of the YearOne of the most coveted of all our awards, the title Chef of the Year has previously gone to some very distinguished heroes – and some unsung heroes - of the Irish food scene including Kevin Thornton (Thorntons Dublin, 1999); Moira Tighe (Cromleach Lodge, Co Sligo, 2000); Michael Deane (Deanes Restaurant Belfast; 2001); Maura Foley (Packies Kenmare, 2003) and, more recently, Stefan Matz (Ashford Castle (2007); Paul Flynn (The Tannery, Dungarvan, 2008); and Richard Corrigan (Bentleys Dublin, 2009). This year’s winner has earned a special place among these hallowed names.

If asked to single out just one person in the hospitality world who not only anticipated the downturn (as it was called last year) well ahead of everyone else, but also acted promptly to ensure a future for his business, together with exceptional value and quality for cash-strapped customers, it would be Eamonn O’Reilly.

One of Dublin’s finest chefs (we have followed his career with interest since the early days in Camden Street), his style is basically classical French with an occasional nod to Irish traditions.

He is known and, rightly, admired for sophisticated, technically demanding dishes that are invariably executed with confidence and flair - he cooks with first class ingredients, turning them into classic dishes with lovely clean flavours, yet with his own unique stamp on each dish.

Also the owner of Bleu Café Bistro on Dawson Street, he moves between the two kitchens and it’s greatly to his credit that – as recent experience has confirmed - the cooking never waivers, whether or not he is present.

A true professional, we take off our toques to him.

One Pico - Restaurant Dublin Ireland
24 votes

One Pico Restaurant

Dublin 2, Dublin City
For Cooking & Service Well Above Average 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 The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Neatly located between Grafton Street and Government Buildings, this Dublin restaurants been a favourite since 1997, making it one of the capital's longest established dining destinations. Tucked into a quiet laneway in a smartly refurbished ...

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