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13 Mar 2019

Top chefs bring a ‘taste of Ireland’ to NYC

~ Tourism Ireland invites Darina Allen, Noel McMeel and Clodagh McKenna to prepare a special St Patrick’s feast ~

Three of our top chefs joined Tourism Ireland in New York yesterday (Tuesday, 12 March), to cook a delicious St Patrick’s Day feast and to raise the profile of our superb culinary scene.

Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School, Noel McMeel from Lough Erne Resort and celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna delivered a culinary masterclass to guests – who included influential epicurean and lifestyle journalists, as well as key travel trade contacts – at the ‘Cooking By The Book’ event in Tribeca. 

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America and Australia, said “We were delighted to be joined by three such eminent ambassadors for Irish food – showcasing all that is great about our food scene and helping to spread the word in New York about the wonderful culinary experience our American visitors can expect on a vacation in Ireland. From Michelin Star restaurants, to gastro pubs and farmers markets, the island of Ireland truly offers a culinary experience to rival the best! 

“In 2018, we welcomed a record 2 million North American visitors to the island of Ireland. This year, we’re looking forward to further growth and our wonderful culinary offering is certainly now one of a long list of reasons for American travellers to choose Ireland for a vacation.”
  Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland; chefs Noel McMeel, Darina Allen and Clodagh McKenna; Niall Gibbons and Ruth Moran, both Tourism Ireland, at the ‘Cooking by the Book’ culinary event in Tribeca, New York.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing around 325,000 people across the island.
  • In 2018, we welcomed around 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately €6.1 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 20.3 million visitors in 2018.