Hundreds gathered in Moville on Tuesday to welcome celebrity Chef Brian McDermott home to Inishowen following his triumph at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in China.
The Inishowen chef was recognised for the world’s best cookery book written by a restaurant chef in Macau, China last week.
The award-winning Foyle Hotel owner saw off competition from South Africa, Singapore, Argentina and Spain to scoop the award.
A host of family, friends and special guests turned out to welcome the Moville man back to his home village, including great friend and fellow celebrity chef Nevin Maguire.
Even Donegal’s Daniel O’Donnell sent McDermott a lovely message of support.
Received this lovely message from quite simply the greatest ambassador #Donegal has had for years a man with so many genuine values and never forgets his routes. Thank you #DanielODonnell & the lovely Majella for your continued support #GourmandWorldBookAwards @govisitdonegal pic.twitter.com/CBvlkOKYCD
— Brian Mc Dermott (@ChefBrianMcD) July 10, 2019
Meanwhile, Inishowen Mayor and local councillor Martin McDermott and Sarah Nolan of Donegal Tourism were also in attendance, as BBC presenter Mark Patterson was the event’s MC.
See some of the best moments from the special surprise below…
Photos by Gerry Temple Photography