touRRoir: A cross sector food, tourism and culture global forum
Good Food Ireland honours international guests to the distinguished touRRoir 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees
CNN Documentary Series “Culinary Journeys”
Peruvian Chef and champion of Peruvian Cuisine Gastón Acurio of Lima restaurant “Gastón y Astrid”
AFAR Media USA
Tourism Australia’s “Restaurant Australia” Food Tourism Collaborative Campaign
and Ireland’s acclaimed Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe
Dublin, April 17th 2018
CNN “Culinary Journeys”, Peruvian Chef Gastón Acurio, AFAR Media USA, Tourism Australia and Ballymaloe’s Myrtle Allen have been announced as Good Food Ireland’s touRRoir 2018 distinguished Hall of Fame Inductees.
On April 23rd Inductees will be honoured at a Chef’s Collaborative Gala Dinner in the exclusive Aula Maxima of NUI Galway. The following VIP’s will be attending the ceremony to accept the awards on behalf of the inductees: Matt Percival, Executive Producer & Commissioning Editor CNN Vision: for CNN Documentary Series “Culinary Journeys”. Her Excellency Ms Carmen McEvoy Ambassador of Peru for Peruvian Chef Gastón Acurio, Julia Cosgrove VP, Editor in Chief AFAR Media for AFAR Media USA, John Hart Executive Director, Restaurant & Catering Australia: for Tourism Australia’s “Restaurant Australia” and the Allen Family for Ballymaloe’s Myrtle Allen. Other guests include H.E. Kevin Vickers, Canadian Ambassador and H.E. Jaana Tackenberg Ambassador of Finland as well as key dignitaries and business leaders.
Irish Chefs Tim O’ Sullivan, Renvyle House, Connemara along with Galway City’s Michelin Star Restaurant, Aniar’s Killian Crowley will join International Chefs Fia Gulliksson, Sweden and Tarja Silvani, Finland and collectively they will craft a delectable menu inspired by the West of Ireland’s land and seascapes using local produce to honour Galway and the West of Ireland as it celebrates 2018 as the European Region of Gastronomy.
The touRRoir Hall of Fame honours is a worldwide accolade of distinction selected by a global judging panel. It celebrates the extraordinary achievements of individuals, teams or destinations from anywhere in the world who’s vision, creativity and drive has had a positive and significant impact on the cross sector development of food, tourism and culture for the long term benefit of all stakeholders including communities and consumers. The Hall of Fame distinction also takes into consideration the confluence of these three sectors and how collectively they have effected change to drive business or where both Soft Power and Gastro-diplomacy initiatives have raised profile or changed image positively.
In previous years, inductees to the Hall of Fame included, Rene Redzepi, NOMA, Denmark; The Catalan Tourist Board, Spain and the South Korean film maker Lee-Wook Jung.
The selection of the touRRoir 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees has fallen to a global judging panel which includes Colman Andrews, US Food Writer and Author, Anita Mendiratta, Consultant to UNWTO, Tim Alper, Journalist, South Korea and Peter Rigby, Destination Consultant, Australia.
Good Food Ireland Founder and MD Margaret Jeffares, commented, “It is a great honour to induct to the touRRoir 2018 Hall of Fame such extraordinary individuals and teams from around the world including for Ireland the highly respected Myrtle Allen who have all made a significant impact on the cross sector development of food, tourism and culture. Having these distinguished guests at touRRoir to share their story is a great opportunity for industry and policymakers to learn at the highest level. It’s also poignant to host such a distinguished event here in NUI Galway as Galway celebrates European Region of Gastronomy.”
On April 24th a full one day forum programme will bring together world experts, thought leaders and change agents for a unique cross sector dialogue on growing businesses, regions or communities through the increasingly important cross sector dependency of three giant sectors Food, Tourism and Culture. A key feature of the day will be a Fireside Chat with Ambassador Carmen McEvoy, Peru on how Peru became the World’s Leading Culinary Destination as selected by The World Travel Awards. Peru’s gastronomic rise to the top over the past 15 years has become a source of national pride and a motor of the economy, as rising numbers of tourists travel to sample its original and varied cuisine.