To be chosen as Food and Wine Magazine Chef of the Year in Ireland is a honour for any chef but it is even a greater achievement for a chef outside the island of Ireland. This is a tremendous tribute to Sunil and a manifestation of the high esteem he is held in by his peers. He and his team have revolutionised the image of Indian food in this country.

Darina Allen (Ballymaloe Cookery School)

When I first met Sunil, an amiable yet ambitious Indian chef, I was curious to see whether he could lift the accepted standard of Indian cuisine in Ireland.

However, having been to the restaurant he worked in and tasted his cooking over a few visits I started to think that he could.

I didn’t have to wait too long to have my questions answered. Sunil, as a chef, has led the way in re-vitalising and improving Indian cuisine in Ireland over the last five years. His food is progressive and intelligent, using sophisticated spicing and acidity to bring wonderful Irish raw produce to new levels of offering in Indian cuisine.

His fine craftsmanship has enabled a whole generation of Irish people to understand the more delicate aspects and flavours that Indian food has to offer when taken to this level.

In short he is a gem and we hope that he remains in Ireland so that we can continue to appreciate his enthusiasm for raising the level of Indian cuisine for many more years to come.

Ross Lewis