TRALEE-based gourmet food entrepreneur Melanie Harty, the creator of an the multi-award-winning range of Harty's savoury jelly condiments has received yet another food industry accolade.
Melanie Harty is celebrating this week after her company, Harty's Jams, earned a prestigious Best in Ireland award from John and Sally McKennas' Guide, formerly the Bridgestone Guide, for her range of savoury jellies.
The McKennas' Guide 'Best in Ireland' Awards recognise outstanding quality Ireland's food and hospitality sectors. Since its launch in 1991, the Bridgestone Guide written by John and Sally McKenna, has become the definitive directory of the very best Ireland has to offer.
Speaking at the launch of her extended range of products for the food services sector Melanie Harty said she was thrilled to have received the award.
"We are absolutely delighted and very honoured to receive this award. Every year, the McKennas put a huge amount of research into compiling information for their books and selecting products for the Best in Ireland awards. The Irish gourmet and artisan food sector is more vibrant than ever and we were up against some strong competition," she said.
A Tralee native, chef Melanie Harty moved to the United States in the early eighties to further her career and enrich her knowledge of the artisan food sector.
Harty's Pepper Jelly was launched in the United States in 1993 and first sold at the famous Eastern Market on Capital Hill. On her return to Ireland in 1996, Melanie established her own fine-food restaurant, 'The Cookery' in Tralee.
After a decade of success running The Cookery, the Kerry born food entrepreneur set up a business producing and marketing her unique pepper jelly range across Ireland.