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August 24th, 2012 @ 15:37

Knockranny House Hotel & Spa Chef - Seamus Commons named Best Chef in Connacht & La Fougère Restaurant

Knockranny House Hotel & Spa in Westport celebrates on the double after Head Chef Seamus Commons was recognised as the Best Chef in Connacht at the Food & Wine Magazine/Louis Latour Restaurant of the Year Awards 2012, for the second year running and the third time during his tenure at the family owned Westport Hotel while La Fougère Restaurant was highly commended as a beacon of fine dining with accomplished cooking, local ingredients and consistently warm and efficient service.

Mayo native, Seamus was named Best Chef in Connacht for the second year in a row after receiving nominations by the food-loving general public, with the final decision of the Food & Wine Award being made by a panel of Ireland’s most respected food and wine writers and experts.
“One of the key things for any chef to learn is the importance of consistency, so being voted Best Chef in Connacht for the second year running is incredibly rewarding,” says Seamus Commons. “I like to think we serve the very best of locally sourced produce and being from Mayo myself, and being honestly proud of and passionate about the abundance of amazing local produce, a lot of it home-grown in our own garden, being voted Best Chef in Connacht really means the world to me and our team.”

Talented, engaging and in very demonstrable ways a true mentor to his own brigade, Seamus is no stranger to accolades and awards, with his own trophy cabinet being added to by the young talent he so carefully nurtures, with not just one but the last two Eurotoques Best Young Chefs of the Year coming from the kitchens of Knockranny House Hotel, under his guidance.

Now in its twelfth year and considered the most prestigious and authoritative culinary event in the Irish calendar, the Food & Wine Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards recognise and reward Ireland’s best restaurants and chefs. The Food & Wine Awards winners were announced at a gala luncheon at the Dublin Convention Centre on Sunday, 19 August 2012.

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