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Ballyliffin chowder champ to represent Donegal 12.11.15

CHEF and business owner Kieran Doherty who will represent the county at the national Chowder Cook Off has given the thumbs up to a new marketing initiative - the Food Coast Brand.
“People are really waking up to where their food is from now, I see it every single day that people want to know where their food is sourced and where it is from.
The idea of the Food Coast Brand for Donegal is immense and is something that I honestly believe all producers, retailers, restauraunts and food outlets should be applying for,” he said.
Kieran said the initiative has made a massive difference to Donegal's food scene in the past few years.
“We have some amazing restaurants, some truly fantastic food here in the county and I think that the brand would bring that extra element of trust with it to say, we have Donegal food here because people want to know that these days," said the Nancy's Barn owner.
Kieran Doherty and restaurant manager Lisa Long pictured with the winner's trophy in the Donegal Chowder contest.
The regional chowder cook-off, held recently in Killybegs, saw Kieran beat some stiff competition to claim the coveted trophy. He is now looking forward competing in the All-Ireland Cook Off finals in Kinsale, Co Cork.
“I had never entered the chowder competition before and the standard of competition was extremely high, so to win it was fantastic and I am looking forward now to the competition in Kinsale. I’ll be working away between now and then fine-tuning the recipe to make sure I can try to get it just perfect," he added.
Food businesses interested in applying for the Food Coast Brand or anyone interested in the Start Your Own Food Business programme should contact Eve Anne at the Local Enterprise Office on 9160735 or visit their website www.localenterprise.ie .
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