Mentor, ambassador and popular Donegal chef, Brian McDermott has been announced as Blas na hÉireann 2021 Producers’ Champion.
The Moville chef and author was selected from a baker’s dozen of Irish food heroes who supported producers in a very tough year.
The new role will come easily to Chef McDermott, as it focuses on celebrating and supporting the very best in Irish food and drinks.
Speaking of his award Brian said, “I’m so chuffed to be announced as the Blas na hÉireann Producers’ Champion for 2021. I’ve been a long-time supporter of what Artie and the Blas team do each year and I love being a part of the process in finding great Irish products.
“We missed not being in Dingle last October, but seeing the awards go ahead virtually was brilliant.”
“Being from Donegal I have been so lucky to be surrounded by wonderful produce all my life and seeing that produce used with such respect by my mother growing up stayed with me. Banging the drum for the best of Irish is second nature to me and I’m thrilled that my passion has been recognised in this way by the producers I admire so much.”
Brian is in good company, joining past Producers’ Champion and heroes of the Irish food industry like Simon Coveney, Neven Maguire, John & Sally McKenna, Shane McArdle, Kai’s Jess Murphy and last year’s winners, Darina Allen, Rory O’Connell and Rachel Allen.
Entries for the 2021 Blas na hEireann awards are open to all food & drink producers across the island – click here to find out more.Tags: