2013 food tourism ambassadors announced…

Eight new ambassadors join Fáilte Ireland’s development programme

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The selection process

The nominations have been received and the ambassadors have been selected. They represent a diverse group from food service businesses and are members of the wider food tourism community.

The ambassadors are individuals who have:

  • A demonstrable commitment to implement change, and a strong interest in developing a food tourism agenda locally

  • A food business operation in business for a minimum of two years

  • Capacity to lead and make decisions

  • Membership of food and tourism organisations

  • Received accolades and awards

  • A proven track record of collaborative achievement

Our 2013 ambassadors will benefit from:

  • Experiencing an exemplary food tourism destination;
  • Witnessing first-hand how to affect change in their business and locality;
  • Learning how to develop networks and relationships with food focussed individuals;
  • Building a network of like-minded people in Ireland that they can work with.

Get to know the individuals selected in 2012 who are working diligently in their regions developing visitor focused experiences, and find out what they took from their ambassador experience.

Meet our 2012 ambassadors

Eight new ambassadors join Fáilte Ireland’s development programme

Fáilte Ireland have announced the names of the eight new food tourism ambassadors who have been selected to represent Ireland and join the Food Tourism Network Development programme. 

This announcement followed a very well subscribed selection process after the tourism authority had sought nominations for emerging food champions with a resounding passion and belief in Irish food, who actively influence and shape the future of Irish cuisine and food tourism in their region. 

The focus for the initiative in 2013 is on individuals located along the Wild Atlantic Way - Ireland's first long-distance touring route, stretching along the coast from Donegal to West Cork.

Meet the 2013 ambassadors

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Deborah Evers
Clareville House Kitchen Gardens

Deborah is an artisan producer based in Ballyvaughan, and creates a range of preserves called Burren Kitchen Garden. She is involved with the local farmers market, the Burren Ecotourism Network, the Burren Food Trail and the Burren Weekly Food Series.

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Hugh O’Donnell
Kitty Kellys & Hughies Bar

Hugh is the proprietor of Kitty Kellys in Killybegs, and co-founded the Donegal Good Food Taverns. He is also involved in the Killybegs Seafood festival, and has represented Donegal in the Tyrone and Donegal Good Food initiative.

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Jacinta Dalton
Dept Culinary Arts
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)

A lecturer at GMIT, Jacinta has a strong industry background with which she maintains close links. She co-founded The Foodie Forum now in its second year and has been actively involved in many food festivals.

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Benoit Lorge
Lorge Chocolatier

A pastry chef by trade, Benoit set up Lorge Chocolatier and has developed the business to include factory demos, chocolate courses and a traditional chocolate shop. Benoit has also been very involved in the establishment of the Kenmare Food Carnival.

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Martin Bealin
Global Village Restaurant

Martin is the head chef and owner of this Dingle institution. He is committed to sourcing local goods and promoting artisan producers. He is a founding member of the Dingle Food & Wine Festival and of Blas na hÉireann, the national food awards.

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Mary McGettigan
A Taste of Donegal Food Festival

Mary has been instrumental in setting up the Taste of Donegal Food Festival, and using food tourism as a way to increase visitors to the surrounding area. Celebrating its fifth year, the event has established itself as a must-do for serious foodies.

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Ross Quinn
Vasco Restaurant

Ross, owner and chef at Vasco restaurant, brings locally sourced and adventurous cuisine to the small village of Fanore. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the freshly caught fish, organically grown vegetables, foraged foods, and meats and cheeses on offer.

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Zack Gallagher
Irish Food Tours

Zack has been writing a food-news website, www.irishfoodguide.ie, since 2007, and has strong links with Irish food producers. He has now created ‘Irish Food Tours’ with an aim to provide a complete food tourism experience for inbound tour operators.

What can we learn from a 'Taste of Norway'?

Our 2013 food ambassadors will experience a bespoke Norwegian itinerary, gaining unique insight into the programme.

Guided by the project manager for the initiative, Egil Ørjan Thorsen, the ambassadors will have the opportunity to witness interesting and innovative business models, and understand how food tourism is evolving.

Find out more about Norway's 'Taste of National Tourism Routes' and learn how Norweigian food culture has matched up to its beautiful surroundings.

Read more about Egil Ørjan Thorsen and his role in the programme.