Tourists uninspired by bland Irish fare
TOURISTS find our food unsophisticated and lacking in local flavour.
Research by Failte Ireland has found visitors still feel let down by Irish cuisine even though they believe the ingredients -- likes meat and dairy -- are top rate.
"Our research shows that while overseas and domestic visitors have a very good opinion of Irish food ingredients believing them to be purer, fresher and more wholesome; they tend to think Irish cuisine is unsophisticated," said Tony Lenehan, Head of Hospitality at the tourism body.
"Every pub, restaurant and hotel should make the effort to have at least one local dish on their menu, showcasing what's produced nearby, be it farmhouse cheese, fish or lamb, because tourists really respond to that 'place on a plate' idea," he added.
Lenehan was speaking at the launch yesterday of the new National Traineeship in Professional Cookery, a training scheme aimed at existing and aspiring chefs.