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Top industry accolade for Lough Erne’s Noel

Noel McMeel is pictured with Ciaran O’Neill, President of Northern Ireland Hotels Federation after being awarded the title of “Hospitality Hero”

Leading Northern Ireland Chef Noel McMeel has been hailed as a “Hospitality Hero” at a prestigious industry awards ceremony. The Lough Erne Resort Executive Head Chef received the award at Hospitality Exchange 2016 Gala Ball in Belfast, hosted by the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation.

The award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Northern Ireland industry, and as one of the most highly respected chefs here, Noel was a hugely popular winner. The award recognised, among other things, Noel’s passion for utilising the finest locally sourced ingredients to thrill diners here. Speaking afterwards, Noel said he was honoured to receive the accolade.

“I am thrilled to have been named a Hospitality Hero, and will continue to champion both the food, and visitor experience in Northern Ireland.”

“Having worked around the world, it’s clear that we have something very unique to offer guests from both home and abroad, in terms of our incredible local produce and the warmth of our hospitality. I work with some of the most innovative and passionate suppliers, the most passionate in-house teams and dedicated individuals who have been the backbone of the industry over the years, and I’m proud to have played a role in developing the hospitality sector here alongside them”

Ciaran O’Neill, President of the Northern Ireland Hotel Federation who trained as a chef along with Noel, said “The title of Hospitality Hero is a richly deserved one for Noel, he is a true ambassador for the industry with a genuine commitment to this region. His championing of local products and dedication to local suppliers whilst well documented should never be underestimated. This coupled with his outstanding culinary skills, the amazing work he does on a local level at Lough Erne Resort and his extensive promotional activities overseas have done much to put Northern Ireland on the culinary map.

“Noel was a very popular choice for this award, and he’s a true hero in the eyes of many in this industry for his hugely positive approach to everything he undertakes, his vibrant and warm personality and his tireless work in showcasing everything we have to celebrate about the Northern Ireland Hospitality Industry.”

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