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28th Mar 2023

Two Cork restaurants honoured with Michelin stars in 2023 Guide

Fiona Frawley

Cork restaurants Michelin Stars

“We are humbled and honoured”.

As the Michelin Guide Awards for 2023 were announced one by one last night, we had our eyes peeled for any new Irish additions to prestigious list and this year, it was all about the Rebel County.

There are three Michelin stars altogether on their way to Cork – one relatively new eatery gained its first star and another has been bumped up from one star to two.

In Baltimore, Turkish restaurant Dede were awarded a second star for their “outstanding” cuisine, being described by the Michelin Guide as “a true destination restaurant”. Dede’s kitchen is led by Chef Ahmet Dede who combines local ingredients and inspiration from his Turkish heritage to create unique, colourful dishes. The tasting menu changes regularly depending on the availability of produce, with vegetarian and pescatarian options as well as wine pairing available. Speaking at the Michelin star ceremony in Silverstone Circuit, England, Ahmet said “This is for Ireland and this is for Turkey.”

Meanwhile in the east of the county Terre, the restaurant at Castlemartyr resort was awarded its first star, “for making the very best of the local larder”.

Located in the Manor House section of the 5-star resort, the restaurant offers a dining experience that spans three and a half hours, led by Chef Patron Vincent Crepel. Sweet prawns, Waterford deer steaks and nostalgic rhubarb desserts are among the highlights of the menu, with exquisite presentation a running theme.

The awards ceremony saw 3 new Two Michelin Stars and 20 new One Michelin Stars awarded throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as four new Michelin Green stars and five special awards, including the inaugural ‘Michelin Exceptional Cocktail Award’, highlighting talented individuals from the restaurant industry.

Speaking at the ceremony Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guides commented: “Great Britain & Ireland continues to impress with the sheer variety of its Michelin Stars. Whether diners are looking for somewhere formal or casual, historic or new, there is a Michelin Starred establishment for them.”

Header image via Michelin Guide 


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