TOP Limerick catering company Masterchefs Hospitality have won a prestigious national award for the Pavilion restaurant in the University of Limerick.
The company recently won the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Award for Best Newcomer, sponsored by BWG Food Service, at a glitzy awards ceremony in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel.
The award was given to Masterchefs for UL’s Pavilion restaurant, which they were awarded the catering contract for two years ago and opened in February.
The Pavilion beat off stiff competition from the hospitality industry to scoop the gold medal award, seen as among the most prestigious in the business.
“It is brilliant. The gold medal awards are very prestigious and are awarded by experts from our own industry,” said Pat O’Sullivan of Masterchefs, who said he had been vying to win the award for “over ten years” for different strands of his catering business.
“It is probably the most prestigious award there is in the hospitality industry in Ireland and it is something that we have been shortlisted for on many occasions, but this is the first time that we have won it.
“It is a huge achievement, but it is a testament to the product as much as the services on offer, it is a fantastic facility,” added Mr O’Sullivan of the Pavilion, which he classed a “five star facility” that provides regular conference and banqueting facilities to the university and a host of external clients.
“It is a spectacular product. We have little to do to enhance it, to be honest, we just offer quality food and beverage and the facility does the rest,” he said.