Georgina Campbell has been unveiled as the recipient of the 2017 Listowel Food Fair Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ms Campbell is a founding member, former chair and current President of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild. Her food writing career started in the 1970s with a cookery column in the Irish Independent and was quickly followed by food and restaurant columns for the Tribune and the Press. She has since written for many other publications and, in 1997 she established Georgina Campbell’s Guides, a family run hospitality guide and cookbook publishers that specialises in Irish food, hospitality and travel. ‘Georgina Campbell’s Ireland - the Best Places to Eat, Drink & Stay’ is described by many as Ireland's leading independent hospitality guide and known as “the glovebox bible” - a new, more selective, edition will be available shortly.
"I feel very humbled by this award as it is a privilege to have a career that allows me to travel to every corner of this beautiful country every year, and to meet such an array of wonderfully hospitable and hard working people who are totally dedicated to providing the very best for their customers, and building Ireland’s reputation as a world class destination," the accomplished food writer said. “The changes that I’ve seen over the years are mainly for the good - it is especially gratifying to see the contribution of small producers getting due recognition, and the exceptional calibre of the food and hospitality in our small country is a constant source of pride to me. That - plus the sheer beauty of Ireland - instils a special kind of joie de vivre that re-energises me on every trip."
Founding member and current chair of the Listowel Food Fair, Jimmy Deenihan, said, "Georgina has been extolling the virtues of Irish food and hospitality for almost 40 years. The annual Georgina Campbell Awards are Ireland's longest running independent food and hospitality awards and the most coveted accolades in the industry. It is most fitting that this tireless champion of Irish food, travel and hospitality be recognised for her longterm contribution to improving food tourism and for continuously promoting Irish hospitality and travel within Ireland and globally."