2006 Award Winners NATURAL FOOD AWARD 2006

Neven Maguire - MacNean House & Bistro

Georgina Campbell's Natural Food Award 2006 - Neven Maguire, MacNean House & Bistro, Blacklion, Co. Cavan This is a very special award, given each year to a chef who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to defending the quality ingredients which Paul Bocuse, the founder of the chefs’ organisation Euro-Toques, once called ‘the building blocks of good cooking’. Few have championed their local specialist producers - and, indeed, quality producers throughout the country - so consistently or with such dedication as Neven Maguire. And, although Neven was unable to attend the awards personally, it seemed especially appropriate that his mother, Vera - who inspired him with her love of cooking and instilled in him the importance of quality ingredients, and family and local values - was there to accept this important award on his behalf. In the early days of this family-run restaurant, long before it became the national icon of good cooking that is today, Vera and Neven cooked side by side in the kitchen here - and, although Neven is a stylish chef who has moved the cooking up more than a few notches, the fundamental values of quality, local produce and great flavours remain the same.

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MacNean House & Restaurant

Blacklion, Co. Cavan
Restaurant with Rooms
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. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay 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
The prospect of a meal at Neven and Amelda Maguire's renowned County Cavan establishment has long attracted devotees from all over Ireland, and beyond - and its development, from a modest restaurant with rooms to a spacious place of sumptuous comfort, ...

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