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Local chef to ‘cook up a storm’ in the Windy City

Elisha McCallion, Mayor of Derry/Londonderry is pictured (second left) with chef Emmett McCourt, Clair Balmer of Tourism Ireland (second right) and Aoife McHale of Visit Derry (right).

Elisha McCallion, Mayor of Derry/Londonderry is pictured (second left) with chef Emmett McCourt, Clair Balmer of Tourism Ireland (second right) and Aoife McHale of Visit Derry (right).

Tourism Ireland has invited Londonderry/local chef and world award-winning author Emmett McCourt to showcase Northern Ireland’s culinary offering over October 10-11 at the upcoming iBAM! Chicago 2015 (Irish books and music festival).

At the festival, McCourt will champion local food and drink, holding cookery demonstrations and enticing visitors to the festival to come and sample a taste of Northern Ireland for themselves.

“We are delighted that Emmett will join us at iBAM Chicago, shining a spotlight on Northern Ireland and its growing reputation as an interesting culinary destination,” said Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s head of North America. “2016 has been designated Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink, when we will celebrate all that is good about our superb produce and world-class food scene.

“Northern Ireland is increasingly synonymous with culinary excellence and Tourism Ireland will take every opportunity to highlight and celebrate our wonderful culinary offering in 2016, promoting Northern Ireland in the US, and elsewhere around the world, to people who love great food.”

Emmett McCourt, who lectures at the North West Regional College, said: “This is an amazing opportunity to profile and grow the appeal of Northern Ireland as a world-class food destination and to share our food story with an American audience.”
The US is an important market for tourism to Northern Ireland.

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