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Saturday 10 December 2016

You can't beat Irish food, says top chef Michel Roux Jr

Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture with Avril Bannerton, MD of Taste of Ireland and Chef, Barry McNerney, at the opening of Taste of Dublin food Festival at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin
Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture with Avril Bannerton, MD of Taste of Ireland and Chef, Barry McNerney, at the opening of Taste of Dublin food Festival at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin
Michelle McGrath pictured at the Launch of Taste of Dublin 2015
Evelyn Garland, 21, left and Aisling Dunphy, 20, at the National Dairy Council Skillery at the Taste of Dublin food Festival
Chefs, Michel Roux Jr, Fiona Uyema, and Kevin Thornton, at the Taste of Dublin

RENOWNED Michelin star chef Michel Roux Jr has praised the quality of Irish food at the opening of the Taste of Dublin event.

The UK-based foodie said he regularly cooks with "Irish lamb, seafood, dairy, beef ... you name it".

He also rated Irish oysters and dairy products as being amongst the quality Irish food offerings that he enjoys eating himself.

This is his second year taking part in the festival, which will see around 37,000 people flock to the Iveagh Gardens over the course of the next three days to sample the best of the Dublin food scene.

From steak, whiskey and yoghurt to sushi, sake cocktails and tapas, the event will tickle the tastebuds of every punter.

Amongst the stellar line-up of chefs taking part are Derry Clarke, Clodagh McKenna, Kevin Dundon, Neven Maguire, Rachel Allen, Richard Corrigan and Ross Lewis.

Organiser Avril Bannerton said tickets are sold out until tonight but Sunday looks set to be a great day for families, with a Minions-themed family zone for children.

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Michelle McGrath pictured at the Launch of Taste of Dublin 2015

This is the tenth year of the Taste of Dublin and to celebrate, the Taste Icon Award 2015 was presented to award-winning Irish chef Richard Corrigan.

Meanwhile, chef Kevin Thornton of Thornton's restaurant in Dublin said Ireland needs to get its act together in promoting and celebrating the best of Irish produce.

"We need to get off our ass and not depend on other people all the time - we need to invent our own stuff," he said.

"We should be leading the way with what we have," added Mr Thornton, saying that we "blame the English, the Europeans, the banks... but we have to blame ourselves for not getting up and doing it".

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