November 7, 2012

Relais et Chateaux Chef Trophy goes to...

... Cliff House Hotel's Marijn Kajuiter. 

Every year Relais & Châteaux presents 12 trophies to the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs that have set the standard for excellence in the industry. On Sunday 4th November at the Relais Châteaux Awards in Turin, Martijn Kajuiter, Executive Chef at The Cliff House Hotel, County Waterford, Ireland, was the proud recipient of the prestigious Rising Chef Trophy.

This accolade is an award for the ‘rising stars’ of the culinary world; it is an acknowledgement of Martijn’s contribution to the global gastronomic landscape.  Others to receive the award were Tunis Siigur of The Three Sisters (Estonia) and Nathan Rich of Lake Placid Lodge (USA).  Relais & Châteaux deem these chefs to have learnt their trade from the best in the business and as a result are the rising stars of their industry.

Martijn produces contemporary Irish dishes, which are as pleasing to one’s eye as to one’s palate. His belief is that chefs should show things for what they are is conveyed with aromas and tastes like none other from the surrounding Irish land and sea.  Martijn is the man responsible for the hotel’s House Restaurant being awarded a Michelin star in 2008.  The Cliff House Hotel is the only hotel restaurant in Ireland to hold a Michelin star.