Paradiso has been honoured at the global World Restaurant Awards, winning the category ‘Collaboration of the Year’ for its work with Gortnanain Farm. Denis Cotter was at the ceremony in Paris on Monday 18th February to accept the award, as was his collaborator-in-chief, Ultan Walsh of Gortnanain Farm.
Ultan Walsh, Gortnanain Farm (left) and Denis Cotter, Paradiso (right). Photograph by Cristian Barnett.
Even in an era of awards overkill, this is a hugely satisfying honour for Paradiso, for the chef behind it, Denis Cotter, and by extension for Ultan and Lucy of Gortnain Farm also, as it recognises and celebrates the working relationship between restaurant and farm that has been at the heart of what Paradiso is for almost two decades.
More info on the World Restaurant Awards web site
Denis Cotter, Paradiso (left) and Ultan Walsh, Gortnanain Farm (right). Photograph by Cristian Barnett.
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My partner had told me how out of this world Cafe Paradiso is, but I thought he was exaggerating…. not so! Words simply can’t convey the magic of your food and atmosphere. Paradiso it truly is – this is how food should taste. Thank you!!
Hi Den and Bridget,
Just thought I’d let y’all know, the Hillbillies are on the move again!
We just bought a new farm on the Canadian Prairies. A honkin’ big one!
Still miss you both and your magic restaurant. Believe me there is nothing like it anywhere else!
Take care of each other, hope to see you one day
Love Ian & Kim…
Denis Cotter comments: – Lovely to hear from you. Er…how big? Are you two avoiding each other at opposite ends of the prairie?
To my delight the other day when I was in my local bookstore, I came upon Cafe Paradiso Seasons cookbook. When I was in Cork 3-4 years ago, I was stunned by the food I had at the restaurant and went back again in my 3 day visit. The cookbook I purchased then was written, of course, for your cooking settings, so this one I can actually try and recreate the beautiful food in it without burning it.
Thank you for such wonderful food and now, recipes. Also it’s the first time I have seen the use of pumpkin oil that I have on the shelf and never have used.
wow!!!! A revalation, one of the best meals I have ever had (twice). A week-end in Cork was transformed, 6 of us had a memorable meal on St.Patricks day. How often do you visit the same place twice on a short city break—-we did, and the 2nd time was even better!!! Thanks so much
We were visting Cork for the first time this weekend and decided to have a meal with you on friday night as it had been recommended in the guidebook. we were lucky to get a table and have got to admit that it was the best meal we have ever had. It will make coming back to Ireland and Cork sometime soon a definite need to do and we haven’t stopped recommending you to our friends since getting back home. We had a meal at Raymond blancs restaurant le manoir de quatre saisons last year and you more than compare. Thank you so much for your hospitality and wonderful food, heres hoping to visit Ireland again very soon.
Well done on the new direction with the Lunch Menu! – had a very enjoyable afternoon sitting outside paradiso last saturday – woo-hoo! Spring is here!
My visit to Cafe Paradiso remains permanently etched in my memory. The menu was truly excepptional and incomparable. Dennis Cotter has done a great job in organizing this restaurant. I wish you would consider opening another one hear Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Regards
I am a chef originally from Cork & had your books recommended to me – wow! Your menus are incredible – so simple , elegant & perfect. I cannot wait until I make my next trip home to sample your cuisine first hand.
Hi, having had a wonderful evening via a suprise Christmas present from Claire, my wife, for Valentine’s Day 2004, I would want to return the surpise for 14 February 2005. Will you be open?
Denis Cotter comments: – Sorry Neil, but the 14th falls on a Monday this year, so the restaurant will be closed. I know, I know…we should open, but we’ve always been strict about the five day week, and I can’t see Valentines Day changing that. Sorry. Denis Cotter, Cafe Paradiso
Hi, I went to Cafe Paradiso 7 years ago. It was the first date with my husband today. I enjoyed my tagliatelle with basil very much. Have great memories of that night. Unforgettable. Your restaurant is a place of joy of happinnes for us. Not only for the food but for the atmosphere you have created. And once more you fif it again as our best friends Jana and Ed are getting married on the 11th november and are going there to have lunch with all the family and friends. Keep it like that.Cork. Cafe Paradiso. Great time, great memories
Looking forward to eating with you next summer 2005 on our family Round the World trip. I found your cookbook in a little food Coop on Vashon Island in Washington state and was very impressed! I worked at Ballymaloe House in Cork as a Chef several years ago- I guess before you restaurant was there- so was excited to read about you, try some of your delicious and creative recipes, and add you to our travel plans!
How I wish I were in Cork … but the next best thing is to live here in the Pacific Northwest with loads of great produce and Denis’ cookbooks. I have a question: Have you written THREE cookbooks or TWO? I have Cafe Paradiso Seasons and The Cafe Paradiso Cookbook … but I spy another one on the net called simply Cafe Paradiso Cookbook. Is it different from “The” CP Cookbook? I don’t want to miss ANY of your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing your skill and passion for good food through your cookbooks. You are at my elbow almost nightly as I make our dinner. Yours, Becky
Denis Cotter comments: – The third book is a U.S. publication of Paradiso Seasons, which finally went out with the title of Cafe Paradiso Seasons – but only after the publisher had advertised it using the same title as my first book. I’m sorry for the confusion, but its beyond my control. There are only two books – Cafe Paradiso Cookbook and Paradiso Seasons. Give me a couple of years though…
First came upon the cook book in Portland, Oregon while living there. Finally got to go there in May 2004 and again in August 2004. Suddenly my trip from Dublin to Cork is fuelled by fantastic food, service and oringinality at Cafe Paradiso. Four of us ate there and each meal was as good as the other person’s! Melt in the mouth flavour and taste!
Your cookbooks are excellent. This year we took on an allotment and were able to enjoy deep fried stuffed courgette flower – wonderful! Your books are dictating what we grow. We looking forward to visiting your restaruant next spring on our way to West Cork.