River Feast Winner 2008
The Irish BBQ Association’s annual Complete Cuisine World of Food International BBQ Cook-Off.
May Bank Holiday Weekend 2008
Once again the Irish BBQ Association’s annual Complete Cuisine World of Food International BBQ Cook-Off, was held in Limerick over the May Bank Holiday weekend. At 12 noon the BBQs were lighting, as the sun emerged from the clouds and people came out in their droves to witness this spectacular event.
The Irish BBQ Association organizing committee were delighted with the international interest, with teams and judges flying in from around the world to attend in what is now acknowledged as the worlds largest international BBQ Competition.
The event has become so prestigious that it has even attracted the attention of the Michelin Star Chefs who traveled to participate.
On Saturday over 100 teams representing 100 different countries from around the world took part in the International Competition. The participants, most of whom now reside in Ireland represented their countries in this ethnic culinary treat. The winners included Thai Gourmet chef representing Thailand in the lamb category, the Limerick City Fire Brigade in Chicken and Fillipino Community taking awards for Salmon and Hygiene category while LIT student chef Jonathon Phillips won for his best sauce. The Congo team led by Blanche Moukoko won 1st place in the Chicken, giving her automatic entry for the Sunday competition where she blew away the judges and won first prize in the Lamb section, proving this competition allows for all participants to be giving the opportunity to display their talents. She is a lady to keep an eye on. Transylvania won first place for best costumes and Cameroon for happiest home.
On the Sunday up to 30 professional teams competed in the prestigious Complete Cuisine Chefs Challenge where local and international chefs competed against each other for the great honor of being crowned Irelands Best BBQer. Limerick was greatly represented in the award ceremony with the Tom Flavin of the Hilton Hotel received awards for his fish dish and scooping top prize for his pork rib entry, Edward Blackwell of the Dunne Group Patrick Punches Hotel won prizes in the fish section and Kenneth Stenbridge of Azur Café & Brasserie was placed 2nd in Chicken and 3rd in Pork Ribs respectively, other winners included Switzerland, Texas, Campbell Catering, and the Polish team. The overall winners for both days were the Swiss team, who are considered to be the best in the world.
The attendance list included the teams from Switzerland, Estonia, UK, Wales, Poland and Norway, not to mention a representive of the High Commissioner of Ghana came to Limerick for the event.
Tana Shupe the co-ordinator of the prestigious Jack Daniels Lynchburg Tennessee Invitational BBQ also attended and was blown away with the standard of the food and the competitors.
“ We are so impressed with the competition, we are going to assist the Irish BBQ Association with future events with an aim to make this Competition reach a global scale and encourage more professional International teams to travel to Ireland to compete. Walking around the teams was like walking around the world, with amazing culinary talents being demonstrated. We are going to ensure this competition get the respect in the BBQ world that it truly deserves” Tana Shupe, Jack Daniels Lynchburg Tennessee Invitational BBQ Coordinator.
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The Irish BBQ Association’s annual River Feast, World is One Country BBQ Festival
May Bank Holiday Weekend 2007
Once again the Irish BBQ Association’s River Feast, World is One Country, was held in Limerick over the May Bank Holiday weekend. A two day affair, the city came out in their droves to view the most anticipated festival the city has to offer.
With over 77 teams taking part representing over 70 countries on Saturday this was the largest event yet, the winners of the different categories included Limerick Leader for the ‘Happiest Home’ beating the three time champions Daffys bar Brazilian team from the top spot. Live 95fm won the award for the CaterHire Best Dressed Stand, Jan O’Sullivan, the Labour Candidate, who represented an area of her constituency, Thomond won prizes for ‘Combico Most Hygenic Home’ and ‘Best Lamb Dish’ but the real winners for excellence on the day were culinary students from the LIT, Jonathon Phillips and Norma Switzer, representing China, who won the overall Irish BBQ Association Fruice National BBQ Champions award.
The Irish BBQ Association, always eager to impress and try something new decided this year was the year to introduce a new aspect of the competition, and the Chefs Challenge truly didn’t disappoint. Some 17 teams took place, including head chefs from highly respected Limerick restaurants and hotels including Adare Manor, the Clarion, Radisson SAS, San Lorenzos and the ThaiGourmet, just to name a few. The ever eager Chefs were on the street by 7.30 am on the Sunday with all their food and culinary equipment in tow.
“The standard of food was amazing, where else would you get an opportunity to sample all this amazing food on the one street from all these restaurants, while watching these amazingly talented chefs at work?” Peter Brennan, General Manager for Quality Hotel Group Ireland and Irish BBQ Association sponsor.
The Jack Daniels, Tennessee Team, traveled for this event, and didn’t return home disappointed by winning the Quality Hotel Best Chicken Entry, and the head chef ini the Merriot Hotel won the Quality Hotel Best Pork dish category. But there really is no doubt who were the real champions over the weekend. Freddies Bistro won two of the four food categories and as a result won the over all much coveted O’Briens Irish National BBQ Champion award. Brothers Mark and Andy Wixted, with Mike Kabida won the competition hands down and were awarded as much as €1,500 in cash prizes along with the O’Briens Perpetual Award and a selection of world wines in excess of €500.