Three cookbook writers and ambassadors of Irish food — both home and abroad — have been announced as Blas na hÉireann 2020 Producers’ Champions of the year.
Darina Allen, Rory O’Connell and Rachel Allen are joining past Producers’ Champions and heroes of the Irish food industry, voted for by Irish food producers when asked who they feel is doing the most to support Irish food both at home and abroad.
The Blas na hÉireann 2020 Producers’ Champions of the year is often dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of Irish food and is the largest food awards on the island, open to all 32 counties.
“I know I speak for Rory and Rachel when I say we are thrilled to be announced as Blas na hÉireann 2020 Producers’ Champions of the year,” said Darina. There was a very clear theme from this year’s survey that reflected an appreciated of the late Mrs. Allen’s legacy at Ballymaloe and of Rory, Darina and Rachel, in their individual and collective roles, continuing that legacy as innovators, constant supporters of the best Irish ingredients and producers, and educators of the next generation of cooks and growers.
“In this current global crisis, industry celebrations like Blas are needed now more than ever to highlight the great effort of our food community, the importance of good food and the many talented producers we are lucky to have on the island,” Darina continued. “People in the sector have been through tough times before, and the resilience, ingenuity and hard work of Irish makers, growers and producers make them a force to be reckoned with. We look forward to being in Dingle in October to continue to celebrate and support all that is great in Irish food.”
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