These unique cross-sector awards recognise the unwavering commitment to prioritising Irish ingredients and local food and drink products. The awards also enhance linkages between agriculture and tourism and present significant opportunities for stimulating local production, retaining local tourism earnings, and improving the distribution of economic benefits of tourism to the four corners of Ireland.
Utilising her expertise to act as a judge, Stephanie has over 10 years of retail experience in a multinational retailer. Before joining ourifac Advisory Food and Agribusiness team, Stephanie worked with Lidl Ireland and was a Senior Dairy Buyer; she worked with various suppliers, developing products and packaging and negotiating multi-million-euro deals. Stephanie also has a B. Applied Science in Food and Business Management from St. Angelas University in Sligo.
Speaking about the task ahead, Stephanie said:
“The Good Food Ireland Awards are widely recognised by Irish consumers and it is a great honour to judge these awards. From my food retail expertise, I know the ingredients needed to become a success on the supermarket shelf and I am really looking forward to helping to judge both products and restaurants against certain criteria such as the provenance of Irish ingredients, taste and, where relevant, packaging. The awards are a great opportunity to shine a light on a whole host of Irish food and drink businesses and I wish all the finalists the very best of luck.”
You can find the full list of finalists here across numerous categories and from all across the country.
The winners will be revealed at a business lunch celebration that will take place on Monday, April 17th in The K Club, Straffan, Co Kildare. The awards will also be attended by Guest of Honour Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment and around 300 guests including Irish and international chefs, buyers, food