SHANNON Springs Hotel is celebrating on the double after their team picked up two awards at the annual Yes Chef Awards.

The four-star Shannon Springs Hotel picked up the overall award for Best Front of House team in Ireland, while chef Rawah Veer was ‘highly commended’ in the Young Chef of the Year category.

Co-owner of Shannon Springs John Gavin told The Clare Echo that nine members of their team were in the Fairways Hotel in Dundalk at the ceremony to collect the awards, and praised his front of house team including Joan, Linda, Aisling, Megan and Ola for the latest accolade.

“The feedback was very good from the judges and it was a great boost for the team. The mystery judges stayed a night at the hotel and noted in their feedback that the team was very professional, that the staff were friendly and couldn’t do enough for them on the night so it was nice to get that feedback.”

Meanwhile, Shannon Springs’ Chef de Parti Rawah Veer was ‘highly commended’ in the Young Chef of the Year category, after dazzling judges with his four-course fusion of Irish and Mauritian food. 21-year old Rawah has worked at Shannon Springs for two years. John noted, “His level of progression in the kitchen, he has really come into his own and he is an outstanding young chef.”

The awards come just months after Hannah Pike was named as the winner of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) Rising Star Award and John notes that creating an award-winning culture at the hotel has been an important marker for career development of their team of staff.

The four-star hotel employs 70+ people during the summer and has recently completed a series of upgrades, now boasting some 71 bedrooms.

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