Derry chef named Ireland’s best

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A Derry chef has been named Irish chef of the year at the country’s longest running Hospitality Awards.

Ian Orr of Browns Restaurant took top honours at the 2013 Georgina Campbell Awards.

The chef has previously worked at London’s River Cafe and Rathmullan House in Co Donegal.

Ian was lauded for his “a deft hand and a light touch, allowing the natural flavour, texture and colour of ultra-fresh ingredients to take the lead.”

The Georgina Campbell website continues: “And this chef’s enthusiasm for the wonderful local produce coming into his kitchen can sometimes lead to unexpected acts of generosity – it has been known, for example, for the arrival of beautiful fresh crab to inspire an amuse bouche of a little warm crab salad for the delighted guests.

“This is undoubtedly some of the finest cooking in the land, and visitors to Derry should ensure that at least one meal here is firmly fixed in their itinerary.”

The Beach House Bar and Restaurant in Buncrana was also named casual dining restaurant of the year