Ireland Stars at Michelin ‘Oscars’
Ireland stars in the 2023 Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland with new two and one-star restaurants and personal service and mentoring awards.
Dede in Baltimore, Co. Cork, featuring "the outstanding Turkish cuisine of Ahmet Dede and his team" was awarded two stars, putting it in an exclusive "Irish Club". Michelin inspectors said that the team at Dede have made it "a true destination restaurant".
Also in Cork, Terre, a restaurant at the Castlemartyr Resort, was awarded a Michelin star, with the inspectors reporting that "the chef’s international travels inform his refined and striking dishes".
The 2023 Michelin Welcome and Service Award went to Declan Maxwell and his team from Spitalfields restaurant in Dublin. The Guide commented:
"Ireland is known for its warm hospitality, and this year’s award goes to someone who upholds and enhances that reputation. Whether a local in for pint or a visitor coming for a three-course dinner, Declan makes everyone feel genuinely welcome. His enthusiasm for this small but busy pub is unwavering and contagious."
And for Northern Ireland, the 2023 Michelin Chef Mentor Award went to Michael Deane.
"Michael Deane is never one to stand still, as his group of varied restaurants would testify," said the inspectors, "Many of the chefs who have passed through his kitchen owe him a debt for the skills, the values and the professionalism that he instilled in them. His name is synonymous with quality restaurants, and he is a true figurehead in the industry."
The 2023 Michelin Guide ceremony was held at Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire. This year, 20 restaurants have been newly awarded One Michelin Star, three restaurants awarded Two Michelin Stars, and four restaurants have received a Michelin Green Star.
In total, the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2023 recommends 1,143 restaurants, of which 206 are Michelin-starred, 29 have been awarded a Michelin Green Star, and 116 are highlighted with a Bib Gourmand.