A drawing room at Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois which has been named Irish hotel of the year 2018 by the AA. Photograph: James Fennell

AA names Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois its hotel of the year 2018

Keith Walsh, from Donegal, was awarded a gold medal and finished second overall at the Lifeline Young Butchers International Cutting and Cooking Competition in Perth, Australia on Sunday.

‘Irish beef is far superior in quality to anything I saw in Australia,’ says Keith Walsh

Denis Cotter of  Paradiso, Washington Street, Cork. “I’ve got the cushiest job in the world.” Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

What is the secret to longevity in the tough world of running a restaurant?

Marco Pierre White and Paul Harrington.

Food File: Five-star meals, NKD Pizza and gin-themed afternoon tea

 TG4 weather presenter Cáitlín Nic Aoidh at the launch of touRRoir18, which takes place in  Galway next week. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Up to 300 delegates from 10 countries expected for special food tourism forum

The winning entry will earn a minimum of €10,000 profit share from Aldi for their recipe.

Competition to find best loaf in Ireland, and winner's recipe will be stocked in 130 Aldi stores across the country

Allison and Will Abernethy, whose hand-made butter, produced in Co Down, makes its way to Michelin-starred restaurants in London.

Kerrygold is making headlines, but there is a small army of specialist producers keeping Irish butter on the map

Chefs Louise Bannon, Jess Murphy, Mhd Ahyam Orabi, Amer Marai, Ahmad Orabi and Christine Walsh working on the Far Fetched refugee fundraising dinner in Galway last October.

Refugee Food Festival in June will culminate in a dinner for 200 in St Patrick’s Cathedral

First into the Healthy Appetite test kitchen are chefs Kate Lawlor of The Oyster Tavern in Cork, and Gary O’Hanlon, culinary director at BaxterStorey

Resistance and rebellion as dietician takes control of restaurants’ signature dishes

The landmark lounge overlooking St Stephen’s Green reopens on Saturday after a four-month refurbishment project led by London-based interior designer Guy Oliver. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Dublin hotel’s Lord Mayor’s Lounge is reopening after a four-month refurbishment

Gareth ‘Gaz’ Smith, second from left, chef owner at Michael’s of Mount Merrion, with  manager Talha Pasha and  fishermen Steven Farren and Robert Markey on board Celtic Spirit II, off Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Foodfile: Chef Gaz Smith wants to get kids eating more seafood

 Orlaith Traynor (centre),  winner of a competition to design a cake or pastry inspired by the  Shelbourne hotel, pictured with her winning entry  in the  hotel kitchen with Garry Hughes, executive  chef, and Caoimhe Hanafin, executive pastry chef. Photograph: Alan Betson

Winner of competition to design and bake a cake inspired by the Shelbourne Hotel is revealed

Uni tofu by Takashi Miyazaki of ichigo ichi

‘A year ago I would have said no, it’s all hot air. But Cork in general has a very optimistic air about it at the moment’

John Harrington of Kush Mussel Farm, Ardgroom, Co Cork, shows his  product to  Asian, German and Middle Eastern seafood buyers attending Bord Bia’s Marketplace International 2018.

Bord Bia Marketplace brings food and drink buyers from more than 50 countries to ‘speed-date’ sales event

Food for brighter days: Spanish chickpea and almond stew from 'Eat Happy' by Melissa Hemsley.

Food File: Courgette ‘risotto’, asparagus and garlic scrapes to tickle your tastebuds

The Big Grill festival returns to Herbert Park, Dublin 4, in August

‘Europe’s largest barbecue festival’ will take place in Herbert Park in August

“We’re in a good spot, in a good place. But we’ll always be aware that it can come up and bite you on the backside.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A decade on from the Michelin-starred Mint, the angry chef has reinvented himself

The new Alex Findlater & Co Food & Wine Hall in Limerick. Photograph:  Caleb Purcell Photography

Food file: Olive oil tasting, potato congress and dining for charity

Chef Martijn Kajuiter is celebrating 10 years at Cliff House Hotel with a Chef’s Table dinner championing local producers including this beef from McGrath’s in Lismore

Food File: Woodstock Cafe gets facelift to mark 25 years in business, and Spanish Wine Week

Baileys Almande, a ‘creamy’ alcoholic liqueur that combines almond oil and extract with vanilla.

Food File: Baileys goes vegan-friendly and venue revealed for Food On The Edge

The Gold Bar, a new addition at Hang Dai Chinese on Camden Street

New bar, new chef, new menu at Hang Dai restaurant

Elaine Donohue, programme co-ordinator, with Galway hotelier Ronnie Counihan.

Year-long programme of food events for the city and county is launched

Satirical column in Brisbane Times causes ‘disbelief and huge disappointment’ as police continue search for Irish tourists accused(...)

Shauna Froydenlund, from Derry, is chef patron at Marcus at the Berkeley hotel

Murphia List 2018 includes 10 new additions among 45 key players in the UK capital’s food and drinks sector

The Lord Mayor’s Lounge at the Shelbourne is getting a revamp and so is its afternoon tea. You could win afternoon tea for six by designing a new pastry or cake for it

Foodfile: Win a visit to the refurbished Lord Mayor’s Lounge; Irish ghee; Glasnevin market goes green; and the perfect Mother’s Da(...)

Patrick Shields: “Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the most vertical in North America so the skiing is challenging but a lot of fun. You certainly learn fast!”

Irish hospitality workers wanted in Revelstoke, famous for skiing, hiking and rafting

The Ferguson family, from Gubbeen Farm, near Schull in West Cork, have been given a Lifetime Achievement award by members of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild.

Ferguson family of dairy farmer, cheesemaker, charcuterie producer and veg grower win Lifetime Achievement award

Neven Maguire with head chef Carmel McGirr (right) and the rest of the team at MacNean House in Blacklion, Co Cavan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Carmel McGirr heads a chef team of 16 at MacNean House – and just four are men

Ian Doyle, head chef of Oaxen Krog in Stockholm, is designing an Irish food and beer menu which will be served at the Guinness Storehouse during the St Patrick’s Festival. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Food File: Chef Sessions popping up in Cork, while Lidl offers European Kick Start opportunities

Paula Stakelum, executive pastry chef, won a regional qualifier for the Valrhona C3 patisserie championship in France on Thursday and will represent Ireland at the final in New York in October

Paula Stakelum makes final eight in the Valrhona international patisserie championship

 Snow day comes down to those who have bread, and those who do not. Photograph: Getty Images

Doughn’t miss out just because it’s snowing. Here’s what to do if you didn’t stock up, and also if you did

Gareth Smith, chef proprietor at Michael’s in Mount Merrion, Dublin, which is closed today due to the weather. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Restaurateurs are counting the cost of cancellations and closures, but there is an upside – that impossible to book table might no(...)

Snow on the way and shops shut? Don’t planic, make the most of the contents of your fridge and food cupboard

How to survive snowmageddon with just the contents of your larder and fridge freezer

 Roberto Arturo Lopez, a coffee farmer in Honduras, Juliet Arku Mensah of  Volta River Estates in  Ghana, and Dario Sotoabril, chief executive of Fairtrade International, at the launch of Fairtrade Fortnight in Dublin on Monday. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill

Coffee drives 25 per cent increase in sales of Fairtrade goods in Ireland

Robin Gill (centre), with Geraldine Kavanagh of Wild Wicklow foods and Luke Matthews, on  Magheramore beach in Wicklow.

Food File: Robin Gill returns to Airfield for another weekend of culinary activity

Rebel Chilli’s limited edition barrel-aged hot sauce goes on sale today

Rebel Chilli releases 900 bottles of hot sauce which has been matured for 62 days in an Irish whiskey cask

The Eatyard street food market concept is to expand in Dublin and Clare

Mini festivals, the hunt for a bigger city centre location plus expansion beyond Dublin on the cards for street food market

Glovers Alley by Andy McFadden in Dublin 2

Looking for romantic inspiration? Here are 10 of the best tables to impress your Valentine

A Chinese festive feast to celebrate the Year of the Dog

The 10th annual Chinese New Year Festival is a feast for food lovers

Six of Ireland's leading chefs speak out about their work, the stresses of the profession and bullying in the kitchen

We brought together top chefs to discuss the big problems in Irish restaurants and how to fix them

Moroccan chickpea and lentil from Kayla’s Kitchen ready meal delivery service

Handmade frozen meals with a difference, Brother Hubbard does vegan and Ireland’s top eateries

The Baths, at Clontarf, Dublin 3, which is to open to the public next month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Amenity to have 250-seat bar and restaurant, but limited access to pool initially

Butter is a natural product, and it tastes better too

White bread is a no-no, often made with undesirable additives and preservatives

What to choose from the deli counter?

Is it possible to buy a reasonably healthy lunch from a convenience store?

BurgerFest 2018 is looking for Ireland’s best burgers, and they’re not all beef

Voting open now for BurgerFest 2018 and there are almost 100 burgers in contention

Guillaume Lebrun of Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud; French ambassador to Ireland Stephane Crouzat; Zoe Kavanagh, chief executive of the National Dairy Council; and Ross Lewis of Chapter One Restaurant

Plus: France-Ireland Gastronomy Month is in March; and Lismore Food Company invades China

Turmeric, winter roots, cabbage and lentil soup

Daunted by that pile of healthy food you bought last weekend? Here are nine ways to use it up

Purple aubergine curry by Arun Kapil

Food file: Arun Kapil brings some flavour; foodie lessons in the Fumbally; and themed afternoon tea

Glovers Alley at the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin: Andy McFadden (right) with executive pastry chef Aoife Noonan and head chef Philip Roe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Andy McFadden has overseen a €1.3m revamp to open Glovers Alley in the Fitzwilliam hotel

Karen McHugh, chief executive of Safe Home Ireland, with Aideen Archbold. Photograph: Tom Honan

How Aideen, Mary, Donal and Leo came home, helped by Safe Home Ireland

Davide Corradi spent a year sampling 52 different national cuisines in London, where he is based, beginning with Italian.

Davide Corradi’s new year resolution was to try a new world cuisine every week for a year without leaving his adopted city of Lond(...)

Wood & Bell: new restaurateur Keith Wood with business partner Malcolm Bell and executive chef Paddy Collins.

Food File: Former rugby player steps up to the plate

The Hougoumont, which arrived in Fremantle 150 years ago with 62 Irish politican prisoners aboard. Photograph: Wikimedia

Ten-day 'Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival' celebrates connection between Ireland and Perth

Jamie Oliver’s sticky lamb chops

Vegetarian fare, and chicken – of course – were popular with Irish Times readers, and we also liked cooking recipes by Jamie Olive(...)

Kate and Denis Dempsey: Their Kinsale Mead Co is producing two varieties of the beverage – a white and a red, both with a 12% alcohol content.

Food File: Honey’s ancient use revived; chic tipples and nibbles; and vegan made easy

Neven Maguire’s roast turkey with streaky bacon. Photograph: Joanne Murphy

The sprouts, the roasties, the bird and the ham. This guide will get you through

Eunice Power’s choux snowmen, filled with cream

Trifles, roulades, meringues, iced soufflé – and a tart to die for

Great British Bake Off: Nadiya Hussain’s cheese scones with chive butter caused a sensation when aired on the TV show that accompanied her book

Nigel Slater, Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver all feature in our 2017 top-10

Is this Ireland’s best burger, or do you know where to find one to top it?

Nationwide search for the nation’s favourite is launched

 Prawn and crab cocktail, by Richard Stearn, head chef at Suesey Street in Dublin 2,  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Each week until December 25th, we’ll be bringing you a selection of recipe suggestions to help you plan an epic festive feast

Blue Hare’s bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.

Food File: Your weekly food news round-up

Takashi Miyazaki is opening a fine dining Japanese restaurant in Cork city.

Multi-course, no choice menus for €85 will bring upmarket Japanese dining to the former Fenn’s Quay restaurant premises

Cliodhna Murray (left),   and Rachel Ryan, with Dr Noel Murray, Head of Department Tourism and Hospitality, at the Food Product Development Showcase at Cork Institute of Technology

Low-sugar and made with fresh fruit and vegetable juices, the confectionery is aimed at school children

One of three Christmas 2017 stamps issued by An Post, featuring original artwork by Liz Rackard

Today is the last day for posting parcels, letters and cards to faraway places

 Chef Gavin McDonagh’s roast turkey with herb butter, and stuffed boned legs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Each week until December 25th, we’ll be bringing you a selection of recipe suggestions to help you plan an epic festive feast

The Atrium Bar at Ely Bar & Grill

Food File: Change your own vodka to gin; or sample Bombay Pantry’s new vegan venture

This is Irish food: Aisling Rock, European Young Chef 2017, of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

There’s a shortage of chefs at home, but globally Irish food is in safe hands

Richard Stearn: head chef at Suesey Street in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Richard Stearn, head chef at Suesey Street restaurant in Dublin, and Imen McDonnell, food writer, photographer and filmmaker, shar(...)

A Christmas treat: Westbury Hotel festive afternoon tea

Food File: Sweet and savoury treats inspired by Christmas flavours; Kevin Dundon’s fruitcake and a soup challenge for young food e(...)

Denis O’Brien, head concierge at The Shelbourne hotel, and keeper of  the Horseshoe bar’s secrets

The Shelbourne hotel’s ‘institution within an institution’ gets ready to party – discreetly

Catch it if you can: Simon Delaney on his love affair with American diner food

Simon Delaney has written a cookbook about US diner food, a good option for a Thanksgiving feast if you’re saving the turkey for C(...)

Killian Crowley, winner of the UK & Ireland regional final of the San Pellegrino Young Chef competition in London on Monday night, with  judge Angela Hartnett

Killian Crowley will represent Ireland at the global final of San Pellegrino Young Chef

Conor Halpenny is the Euro-Toques young chef of  the year 2017.

Conor Halpenny from Chapter One wins a placement with Richard Corrigan in London

Charred cauliflower with tahini, harissa honey sauce and preseved lemons, from Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour. Photograph: Kris Kirkham

Food File: Latest food news and inspiration

Fico Eataly World agri-park is a joint venture between the Eataly Italian food markets, of which there are now 17 worldwide and 18 in Italy, and two Italian co-ops

A 20-acre food and farming theme park, this vast agri-park is a magic culinary kingdom

Nigel Slater: “I am rarely happier than by the fireside on a winter’s day”

The food writer on his beautiful new book, his season’s reading and how to winter well

Snail farmer Eva Milka of Gaelic Escargot in Co Carlow. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Lucrative alternative farm enterprise attracts growing numbers

The central aisle in the indoor pavilion at FICO Eataly World Bologna, a food and farming theme park which opens today. Photograph: Getty Images

Here’s what visitors need to know about food theme park Eataly

Wexford farmer Liam Byrne and his water buffalo. Photograph: Ramona Farrelly

Food File: an Irish water buffalo farm; teabags for Christmas, and recipes from Our Lady’s Hospice

Chef Bryan McCarthy is teaming up with Cork Science Week to offer a tasting menu with a difference.

An unusual tasting menu at Cask & Greene's in Cork and an interactive lesson on umami burgers are part of this year’s Science Week

Aaron Caddel, founder of Mr Holmes Bakehouse, which has seven branches in California and South Korea and is credited with inventing the Cruffin pastry.

Californian bakery credited with inventing the croissant/muffin hybrid is taking part in a three-day confectionery event

Niall Wynn, owner of Proper Order Coffee Co, is representing Ireland at the World Barista Championships in Seoul this week. Photograph: Al Higgins

Niall Wynn, owner of Proper Order Coffee Co, is banking on making the best coffee of his life this weekend at the world barista ch(...)

Aisling Rock, a student at GMIT, Galway, has been chosen as the European Young Chef of 2017.

Aisling Rock, a student at GMIT, was the only female finalist in the competition

Doug Harrington (right) teaching culinary students at Cliff Academy at Cliff at Lyons in Co Kildare

The MSc students learn about portion control, hospital food and mindful eating

Oysters baked in savoury butter. Photograph: Walter Pfeiffer

Food File: Delicious quinoa (honestly!), 30 years of Lir chocolate and posh bubbly

James Sheridan: “I felt a constant fear and had utterly irrational thoughts, leaving me completely drained and devoid of happiness. A constant ‘what’s the point’ attitude prevailed.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A high-stress environment and bullying are blamed for the increasing incidence of mental-health issues among Ireland’s chefs

Exterior of the refurbished Bewley's Cafe on Grafton Street in Dublin, which reopens today. Photograph: Alan Betson

The buns are back, but the big mugs of milky coffee are gone

Donal Skehan’s pasta with creamy mushroom sauce

We’ve found some perfect carb-heavy recipes for those who’ve run 26.2 miles – and the rest of us Bank Holiday couch potatoes, too

The first floor dining room at Kerala Kitchen on Baggot Street. Photograph: Nathalie Márquez Courtney

Food File: Kerala Kitchen opens to Christmas parties; and Guilbaud embraces Nespresso

Cowfish, a rooftop grill with sea views in Bray, Co Wicklow, offers great steak and fish dishes

Foodfile: Foodies in for a treat at Savour Kilkenny festival and this year’s must-have cookbook

A national campaign is running in the US this week, urging eligible Irish immigrants to apply for citizenship. Photograph: Getty Images

#WhyCitizenship campaign urges 30,000 Irish to apply as immigration uncertainty continues

Bronagh Rogers, who has made it to the final six in the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year competition, presenting her semi-final dish to judges Graham Neville, Gareth Mullins and Danni Barry

Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year finalists revealed. Richard Corrigan to help choose winner

Philip Denhardt and Kristin Jensen bring their Ballymaloe pop-up into the home

The Merrion joint-owner Lochlann Quinn: ‘It was conceived as a giant hobby’

As the hotel celebrates two decades in business, we meet the people who have been there from the very beginning

 Chef John Relihan (right), and  Patrick O’Sullivan, president of the World BBQ Association,  at the launch of the World BBQ Championships which take place in Limerick this weekend. Photograph:  Arthur Ellis

World BBQ Championships starts in Limerick this evening, with 100 teams from 30 countries competing for the grand prize

Gill Meller: the River Cottage chef will be cooking a harvest supper at Burtown House, Co Kildare on October 20th

Food File: Gill Meller from River Cottage cooks up a harvest supper at Burtown House, Rachel Allen at Lakelands food fest, and Bas(...)

Helen James: her book reflects her strong feelings about what make a house a home

The designer, cook, mother and creative director of homewares for Dunnes Stores shares recipes and tips from her new book

From right to left: Chef Aidan McGrath and his partner Kate Sweeney of the Wild Honey Inn after the Michelin Star announcement,  with their daughter  Levi and son, Reece. Photograph: Marie Claire Digby

The award comes after 33 ‘tough’ years in the kitchen for Wild Honey Inn owner Aidan McGrath

The Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare

The Wild Honey Inn is the first pub to win in Ireland. All existing star-holders keep their awards

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