THERE were a hatful of Waterford winners at last week’s Irish Restaurant Awards in Dublin, with Everett’s Restaurant on High Street crowned as the best newcomer in Ireland.
Over 2,000 restaurateurs attended having been whittled down from 90,000 nominations with Waterford successes including GROW HQ, No. 9 Café and Bodega as well as Everett’s Restaurant, whose chef Peter Everett was also named as best chef in Munster.
Speaking of the awards, Peter told the Waterford News & Star: “It was a great night and it’s great for all of the staff to get the recognition they deserve because you can’t do it all on your own. There’s a lot of hard work out front as well as in the kitchen so when these awards come your way it’s a really nice feeling.”
“In the world of restaurants things move on fast and you can’t afford to rest on your laurels! We were back in work again the next day so we didn’t get time to think about it but it helps to get the name of the restaurant out there.”
Their success validated their work since opening last spring when Viewmount man Peter fulfilled a long-term ambition of opening his own restaurant in his home city having worked in renowned restaurants across the county.
“We had a clear idea of what we wanted to do so we follow that and if awards come our way then great. Thankfully, things seem to be going in the right direction.”
Provincial winners included Grow HQ in the Best Free From category, No. 9 for the Best Kids Menu and Bodega who came out on top in the Best Casual Dining category.