Words: Shamim de Brún
Kate Ryan, a kick-ass food writer and founder of Flavour.ie, has been crowned Blas na hÉireann’s Producers’ Champion for 2023.
What does that mean? Well, basically, Kate is like the queen of supporting everything Irish and independent. She’s always out there championing the best of the best when it comes to Irish food and drink.
To win this award, she was nominated by producers in the Blas na hÉireann network. This includes every county in Ireland, with producers from all across the food industry.
Originally from Bristol, Kate moved to Cork in 2005 and quickly fell in love with the Irish food scene. She started Flavour.ie as a way to celebrate all the amazing food and drink produced on the Emerald Isle. Her blog, The Flavour Files, is a must-read for anyone getting into local produce, seasonality, wild and craft drinks.
Kate doesn’t just write for her own website, though. She’s a regular contributor to The Echo and Irish Examiner. Her work has appeared in other publications like the BBC, The Opinion, Irish Foodie magazine, and thejournal.ie.
Kate’s love for Irish food doesn’t stop there. In 2017, she wrote the Artisan Food Guide for the Taste of West Cork Food Festival.
“I’m incredibly honoured to have been awarded Producers’ Champion by Blas na hÉireann,” said Kate. “I write about Irish producers to showcase and highlight what they do because I care so passionately about them.”
If you’re a food producer, you still have time to enter Blas na hÉireann 2023 before the May 17 deadline. It’ll cost you €90 per entry. You could be the next one to join the ranks of legendary Producers’ Champions like Neven Maguire and Darina Allen.
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