Celebrity chef Kevin Dundon of Downtown Disney's Raglan Road gives full credit to the independent hospitality guide Georgina Campbell's Ireland for putting his name on the proverbial map. In 2007, the influential publication named Dundon's "Roast Rack of Lamb in Irish Stew Consommé" Irish Dish of the Year. For Dundon, it was an affirmation of his personal food ethos, and a defining moment in his career.
"It was the recognition of my innovative culinary style, my more natural approach to cooking indigenous ingredients and really letting the food speak for itself," says Dundon. Since then, he's been recognized the world over through his books and television series and appearances, but he still looks back at that unforgettable moment in 2007 with a particular fondness: "That's when I knew that the dedication, long hours, stress and strains of becoming a chef was all worthwhile."