Staff at the Millennium Forum’s award winning in-house restaurant, Encore Brasserie, are celebrating today after learning that they have been nominated for three categories for the prestigious Irish Restaurant Awards – ‘Best Casual Dining’, ‘Best Customer Service’ and ‘Best Head Chef’.

The Irish Restaurant Awards are the largest and most coveted awards in the Irish Restaurant Industry; recognising high achievement and excellence in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry throughout the thirty-two counties of Ireland across twenty-one categories, the awards celebrate all aspects of the Industry from Chefs and Restaurants, Cafes and Gastro Pubs, to Food Producers, Local Food Heroes and Cookery Schools.

Charis Jones, Restaurant Manager at Encore Brasserie is delighted at the nominations:

We are thrilled to have been nominated for these awards when the standard of food in Ireland is extremely high. Our head chef John McGee takes great pride in his work and these nominations are recognition of his passion for the dishes that he creates. We work very closely as a team to ensure our customers’ experience is not only enjoyable but memorable. We also aim to deliver the highest level of customer service and we are proud our staff has been recognised in this highly competitive area.”

The Ulster Regional Awards for the Irish Restaurant Awards will take place on Wednesday 17th at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast and Encore Brasserie will be up against Derry’s finest restaurants.

Nominations for the Awards are made by readers of the Sunday Independent LIFE Magazine and members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland.

The Irish Restaurant Awards are brought to you by The Restaurants Association of Ireland and the 2013 awards are kindly sponsored by Santa Rita/Sunday Independent LIFE Magazine.