Sunday 20 October 2019

Success dished up for Wexford restaurants and chefs at this year's Yes Chef Awards

Owner of WIld and Native Fergal Dempsey
Owner of WIld and Native Fergal Dempsey

BY Amy Lewis

Success was dished up for Wild and Native in Rosslare Strand who scooped the 'Best in Leinster' award at last week's Yes Chef Awards.

Established to celebrate the best of the best of all things culinary in Ireland, the awards brought dozens of finalists together for a banquet ceremony in the City North Hotel.

The achievement was one of a string of wins for Wild and Native owners Fergal Dempsey and his wife Jodie, who established the business only last summer. In recent weeks, the gourmet restaurant and wine bar took home an award from The South East Radio Awards, while they also were finalists in the Bank of Ireland Start Up Awards in 2015.

The couple said that are 'thrilled' to receive the Yes Chef Award. Owing to the success of their business since its establishment, they are planning on opening a gourmet food store and deli in Wexford town in the coming weeks.

Seafood restaurant La Côte also got along swimmingly at the Yes Chef awards, taking home the prize for best seafood restaurant in Ireland. The award marked another achievement for patron and chef Paul Hynes, who won Best Restaurant in Wexford and Best Seafood in this year's Irish Restaurant Awards and Best Seafood Restaurant 2016 in the Georgina Campbell Awards.

Tides in Rosslare also saw success in the awards ceremony as they were named Best Newcomer in Leinster on the night. Meanwhile, the talents of young chef Lorna Rochford were celebrated when she picked up the title for Best Young Chef in Leinster. Lorna currently works in the Brandon House in New Ross and the win is sure to give her a great boost early on in her career.

Wexford People

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