Fota Island Resort ‘s Head Chef Maris Urbanovics is named Ireland’s Chef of the Year at the Hotel and Catering Review Gold Medal Awards.

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Fota Island Resort ‘s Head Chef Maris Urbanovics is named Ireland’s Chef of the Year at the Hotel and Catering Review Gold Medal Awards.


Fota Island Resort have been awarded two top industry awards at the prestigious Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards which took place at Lyrath Estate Hotel, Co. Kilkenny on Tuesday 22nd March, hosted by Ireland’s favourite radio presenter Marty Whelan.


Claiming the prestigious accolade of Ireland's Chef of the Year for The Cove Restaurant's Head Chef Maris Urbanovics while also being awarded bronze in Ireland’s 5 Star Hotel Spa Experience category.


Carmel Guihen, General Manager at Fota Island Resort shared “We are delighted to have been awarded Ireland’s Chef of The Year, a fantastic achievement for our Head Chef Maris Urbanovics, who along with the culinary team at the resort have worked so hard to bring innovative ideas and wonderful dining experiences to our guests. Maris’ passion and talents are wonderful to have at Fota Island Resort and we look forward to seeing what he plans to bring to The Cove over the next year and beyond.’ Carmel continued, ‘ I’d like to congratulate our wonderful spa team who were awarded bronze on the night in Ireland’s 5 Star Hotel Spa Experience category, a brilliant achievement for all of the team.’

The Cove Restaurant is the Resort’s speciality restaurant with a seasonal set menu options and six-course tasting menu that creates a flavoursome and gracious dining experience. The imaginative menus draw on Head Chef Maris Urbanovic's love of nature and foraging, celebrating Cork’s abundance of artisan producers including Shanagarry Smoke House, Ballintubber Farm, Gubbeen Smokehouse and Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms.  The Cove is an intimate setting complete with its own wine cellar where the restaurant's experienced sommeliers have curated a pairing option that includes, beer, cider and wines, all designed to complement the flavours of the food.

Head Chef of The Cove, Maris Urbanovics from Latvia has been with Fota Island Resort since 2018, his passion for cooking started at a young age, growing up by the sea and spending his childhood foraging with his parents, learning about sustainability within cooking. Over his career Maris has worked across many diverse restaurants and hotels, falling in love with Ireland and making Cork his home 15 years ago, a county with an abundance of fantastic local produce, where he has built strong relationships with artisan producers incorporating as much local produce into his menus at Fota Island Resort as possible.

Celebrating a remarkable 32 years, the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards are the leading independent awards for the Irish hospitality industry and aim to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the hotel and catering sector throughout the country over the past twelve months.

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