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28th Mar 2023

Two more Irish restaurants receive Michelin Stars this year

Simon Kelly

Irish restaurants win at Michelin Star awards 2023

Other Irish winners this year came in the Service and Mentor awards categories.

It was a particularly good night for Cork at the Michelin awards ceremony as the two Irish restaurants awarded stars were from the Munster county.

Vincent Crepel received one star for his Terre restaurant in Castlemartyr, while Ahmet Dede won a two-star award for Dede in Baltimore.

Dede was one of only three restaurants that were awarded two-stars in the Michelin awards in both Ireland and Great Britain.

Turkish Chef Dede said: “I remember every single word I said [in 2018]. It was a different restaurant, everything was different. This is for Ireland, and this is for Turkey.”

Dede joins Chapter One, Restaurant Patrick Gilbaud, Liath and Aimsir with two stars.

Terre, which was the only Irish restaurant this year to receive one star, joins 14 restaurants in Ireland with the award.

Spitalfields Dublin by Declan Maxwell was awarded the Michelin Welcome and Service Award, which recognises service by staff and creating a great experience.

“Spitalfield’s where we are is a pub in Dublin, it’s in the Liberties and we have kept it as the old pub, so people have been drinking there for 45 years,” said Maxwell. “We have the restaurant, and we have married them both together.

“What I tell waiters when they’re working with me or if they start, to me I always say you shouldn’t treat customers like you’re bringing them into your house for a dinner party. You have them there, you’re looking after them, provide a friendly service, and obviously have someone to welcome them and someone there to say goodbye at the end of the night.”

Belfast chef and restaurateur Michael Deane is named mentor of the year

“I have been around a long time, and in the words of Thomas Keller, it’s important we make the next generation better, without that, we don’t have anything,” Dean said while accepting his award.

You can check out the full list of winners on the Michelin website.

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