Search begins for the best roast dinner in Ireland

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The search to find the best roast dinner in Ireland is underway.

Entries for Ireland’s Great Roast 2019 competition (previously known as Great Carvery of the Year competition) opened today and will remain open until 29 September.

The competition is accepting entries from all 32 counties and a shortlist of establishments will be announced at the end of September.

All of the shortlisted venues will be mystery dined to decide which ones will take away the provincial titles as well as be crowned ‘Ireland’s Great Roast Pub 2019’ and ‘Ireland’s Great Roast Hotel 2019’.

Launching the revamped Ireland’s Great Roast 2019 competition, Unilever Food Solutions’ Customer Director, Jim Reeves said: “The Great Roast competition has grown from strength to strength since it began ten years ago.

“To facilitate a broader menu offering, we have optimised the entry requirements, opening it to any pub or hotel that regularly serves roast dinners.

“Ireland’s Great Roast 2019 continues to seek out the best of the best in Irish culinary tradition, rewarding their competencies for exceptional, great-tasting roast dinners.

“As always, we are on the lookout for great quality food and service, cleanliness and value for money, and we are extremely excited to take this competition to a new level,” he added.

As well as winning the prestigious title of Ireland’s Great Roast 2019, the overall pub and hotel winners will have a chance to win up to €3,000 worth of kitchen equipment, Chef Rewards points and branded chef jackets.

Rachael Kohler, Marketing Manager at the Castle Hotel, Macroom in Cork, said of winning last year’s competition: “We were delighted and honoured to have won this title.

“It’s great to receive recognition for the hard work of our team. Delivering fresh, delicious food using local produce is our ethos and we were delighted to be rewarded for fulfilling that promise.

Speaking of his experience of winning in 2018, Brian Flanagan of the Silken Thomas in Kildare said: “We were incredibly happy and proud of the win.

“It reinforced the stamp of approval we get from our customers coming into us week in, week out.”

Pubs and hotels from all four provinces can submit their entry via the Unilever Food Solutions website.