News Blog2021-08-10T11:13:49+01:00

Gold Medal Awards 2022 Sponsor Spotlight – BWG FoodService

We are delighted to announce that BWG Foodservice will be sponsoring Ireland's Chef of the Year Category at the 2022 Gold Medal Awards!! Without the support of our sponsors we wouldn't be able to have such a successful annual event and in turn we ask you to consider supporting our sponsors with your business where you can. "At BWG Foodservice, we [...]

Coca-Cola renews partnership with FoodCloud & FareShare

  Coca-Cola is once again partnering with FoodCloud and FareShare for Christmas 2022, this year the initiative will redistribute over 143,000 meals across Ireland and Northern Ireland. With one in every nine people in Ireland living on an income below the poverty line* and inflation tracking at 8%**, Coca-Cola want to support FoodCloud and FareShare, part of Homeless Connect, in reaching those in need during this particularly [...]

The sky’s the limit

Clint Estibeiro talks to HCR about what hotels need to offer candidates if they want to attract and retain them Having spent the last 12 years working as a housekeeping manager in hotels across Ireland, Clint Estibeiro knew better than most the staffing requirements of the hospitality industry. Last year, he set up Sky Staffing Solutions with the aim of placing entry level candidates in suitable positions, [...]

Green Ambitions

Cliste Hospitality and SSE Airtricity are powering towards net zero with a 100% green gas partnership SSE Airtricity has announced it has signed a three-year partnership with Cliste Hospitality to provide energy solutions through its 100% green gas supplies. Through this partnership, the hospitality consultancy will become the first hotel group in Ireland to contract a green gas product that will enable the group to transition to [...]

Moving on up

The Westin’s new GM, Joanne Dillon, is back in a five star environment and it suits her How’s the new role going so far? It's great. The Westin is an amazing property and the team are fantastic. It’s also great to still be within the MHL Group. I’m just across the road from Trinity City Hotel where I held the role of GM before coming here, so [...]

The Spa, Johnstown Estate

The newly refurbished spa at the Meath property is providing a welcome boost to profits A well-managed hotel spa offering an extensive range of treatments and services will help increase both your customer offering and your revenue. That’s what Spa Manager Dara Mulhooly and the rest of the team at the newly refurbished spa at Johnstown Estate have found since opening ‘The Spa’. During lockdown, €3.5 million [...]

Leading lights

Kicking off in September, the new Food and Drink Leadership Programme at TU Dublin is aimed at industry professionals who want to climb the hospitality ladder TU Dublin’s School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology recently launched its new part-time blended Postgraduate Diploma in Global Food and Drink Leadership. Developed in collaboration with industry, the new programme covers a range of areas that will help drive the [...]

In good hands

Stuart O’Connor, Director at Career Vision Recruiters, on thinking outside the box and why quality over quantity is best When was Career Vision Recruiters set up? Career Vision Recruiters was set up in summer 2019 with a vision to open multiple offices nationwide. Our first office opened in Naas and our second office was due to open in March 2020, but the pandemic put a hold on [...]

Talking to… Rowan Babe

The Head Chef at Dorian Restaurant in Donnybrook talks about the ups and downs of life in the kitchen What was your first job? Working in a university in New Zealand which gave me a huge range of skills. We had a fine dining restaurant, private dinners, outlet stores plus outdoor catering. Once I finished my cookery diploma I moved to Sydney for four years to work, [...]

Bar of the Year Awards Dingle Gin People’s Choice Public Vote and Finalists Released

PUBLIC VOTE BUY YOUR TICKETS 2022 FINALISTS Following extensive deliberations and many miles travelled up and down the country visiting all the entrants, the finalists for our sister awards: 2022 Bar of the Year Awards have been announced. From over 500 entries, the judges have whittled down the shortlist to 176 outstanding bars. Now in their [...]

The Bar of the Year Awards 2022 Finalist Announced!

The Bar of the Year Awards are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2022 awards. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the entrants throughout the country. They also recognise and reward the high standards of excellence and level of service in the licensing industry. After hours of consideration and discussions, our judging panel is proud to announce the finalists in [...]

Gold Medal Awards 2022 Entries Now Open

The Gold Medal Awards are now open for entries.  Now in their 33rd Year , the awards are recognised as the leading independent awards programme for the Irish hospitality industry.  Judged by industry experts, the Gold Medal Awards pay recognition to hotels, restaurants, guest houses, spa and leisure facilities, event caterers, healthcare caterers, and site caterers, as well as the individuals and [...]

Hospitality Expo 2022

Connect with suppliers offering innovative solutions, producers showcasing their new launches, and investors and advisers looking for the next big opportunity. At Hospitality Expo 2022, attendees can expect over 200 exhibitors and sponsors, 3 conference stages, interactive demonstrations, and a dedicated networking area. Expo features include Artisan Village, Chef’s Challenge, Concept Café, FitOut zone, Food & Beverage zone, ‘No & Lo’ Drinks, Roastery Village, Sports [...]


Shiji Group provides software solutions and services for the hospitality, food service, retail and entertainment industries, ranging from hotel management solutions, food and beverage systems, payment gateways and data management to online distribution, golf and leisure management and digital guest solutions. Within the food and beverage space, Shiji has been leading the way since 2016 with its cloud-based, but offline capable Infrasys Cloud POS, one of the [...]

Ashford Castle Named Supreme Winner at 2021 Gold Medal Awards

Co.Galway’s Ashford Castle was named Supreme Winner (sponsored by Hotel & Catering Review) at the 2022 Gold Medal Awards. Celebrating a remarkable 32 years, the Gold Medal Awards are the leading independent awards for the Irish hospitality industry and aim to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the hotel and catering sector throughout the country over the past twelve months. Following the last two [...]

Gold Medal Winners 2021

Congratulations to our 2021 Winners The winners of all categories were revealed at a gala awards ceremony  hosted by Marty Whelan on Tuesday, 22nd March in the Lyrath Estate, Co. Kilkenny. Celebrating a remarkable 32 years, the Gold Medal Awards are the leading independent awards for the Irish hospitality industry and aim to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the hotel [...]


Ireland’s leading hospitality recruitment company has opened its newest office in the heart of Galway city near the Spanish Arch The opening of Excel Recruitment’s newest branch marks the third office outside of its Dublin headquarters, with established offices located in Kildare and Cork and plans in place to open a Belfast office in 2022. We spoke with Excel Recruitment’s Director Shane McLave to find [...]

CATEX 2023 launches with sustainability and innovation top of the bill

It just been announced that CATEX - Ireland’s largest foodservice & hospitality event – is now confirmed for 21-23 February 2023 at the RDS Simmonscourt, returning to its normal biannual dates of early in the year. Supported once again by steadfast sponsors, Bunzl and Calor, the 2023 event is hoping to return to the successful heights of 2019 when the expo welcomed its biggest-ever attendance of 12,500 [...]


The Trigon Hotel Group has launched a recruitment drive to fill up to 40 positions at the Metropole Hotel and Cork International Hotel.  A recruitment day will take place at the Metropole Hotel on Wednesday, March 2nd from 10am until 7pm. People are asked to bring a CV and references to the open day. The open positions include a variety of full and part-time flexible roles in [...]

2021 Finalists Announced

Congratulations to our 2021 Finalists     The Gold Medal Awards are delighted to announce the Finalists for the 2021 awards. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of all entrants throughout the country. They also recognise, and reward, the highest standards of excellence and level of service that is being delivered in our industry. After hours of consideration and discussions our Judging Panel are proud [...]

g Hotel appoints Dominique Majecki as Head Chef

  Dominique Majecki has been appointed Head Chef at the five-star g Hotel & Spa in Galway. Hailing from Laval in the Pays de la Loire region of north west France, Dominique will bring his vast experience to the Hotel and joins from Glenlo Abbey where he was Executive Head Chef since 2018. Dominique’s interest in cooking began at an early age taking his cue from his grand uncle, a baker. He [...]

Supreme Winner

The Supreme Winner Award is the Irish hospitality industry's highest accolade. The recipient of this award is chosen by the Gold Medal Awards judging panel following a review of all winning entries in the awards this year. The Supreme Winner Awards acknowledges outstanding achievements within the Irish hospitality industry. The recipient of this award is an establishment that offers first-class hospitality, superlative customer experience and stands [...]

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