Belfast Restaurateur and Chef Michael Deane has been hailed Hospitality Hero for Ireland 2020 at a gala awards event in Dublin. The Georgina Campbell Irish Food and Hospitality Awards, now in their 21st year, celebrated what they called Irelands’ talented industry pioneers who have laid the foundations for the countries tourism and hospitality industry.
Presenting The Hospitality Hero award for services to Irish Food & Hospitality, Georgina Campbell said; “For many years, chef Michael Deane’s Howard Street venue has been the benchmark by which other restaurants in the region are judged and – although other talented and dedicated people are also raising the bar for Belfast as a top dining destination – it remains a beacon of excellence. He continues to provide leadership, and to give discerning Northern Ireland diners a cuisine choice of exceptional quality and value”.
Awarding Michael Deane, top London Chef Richard Corrigan said Michael had worked tirelessly through thick and thin to maintain his restaurants to an exceptional standard in often challenging circumstances. He said he had done so “with real style, real panache”. Michael Deane said “I am hugely honoured to accept the prestigious accolade especially from Georgina Campbell whose assessment continues to be impartial, anonymous and therefore important in our calendar. I also pay tribute to the team at Deanes who work tirelessly to keep us at the forefront of the industry”.