28th October 2014
For immediate release
Good Food Ireland will represent Ireland for the 4th successive year at the Breeders Cup World Horse Racing Championship, Taste of the World, in Santa Anita Park, California on October 31st 2014. The Taste of the World, an international culinary event will feature chefs from 15 top horse racing countries around the globe including New Zealand, Argentina, Japan, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Chile, UAE and Venezuela.
Two of Ireland’s top chefs and Members of Good Food Ireland, Martin Shanahan of Fishy Fishy Restaurant in Kinsale and RTE’s Martin’s Mad About Fish together with Ed Cooney, Executive Chef of Dublin’s prestigious Merrion Hotel will showcase the Clare Island Irish Organic Salmon, sponsored by Marine Harvest in Ireland’s North West Coast, creating an innovative and exciting dish which stands up proudly on the world stage. Over 1200 VIP guests from the horseracing world as well as Hollywood celebrities and international media will experience A Taste of the World.
“It’s fitting that Ireland’s contemporary food culture is represented at the Breeder’s Cup, standing as our mark of culinary excellence alongside other international cuisines. Our climate and environment is perfect for producing and training top class racing thoroughbreds, just as it is for producing top class food. These two elements of Irish heritage are inextricably linked” says Margaret Jeffares, Founder and Managing Director of Good Food Ireland.
The Taste of the World is the brainchild of Bobby Flay, a critically acclaimed US chef, restaurateur, author and television personality. The culinary aficionado is passionately involved in Thoroughbred sales and racing, both as an owner and as a member of the Breeders’ Cup Racing Association Board of Directors.
Sponsoring Good Food Ireland is Irish Champions Weekend 2015, which brings two iconic Irish Racing fixtures and racecourses, the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger at the Curragh together on one weekend.
“The races featured during Irish Champions Weekend are strongly linked with the Breeders’ Cup. We are delighted that Good Food Ireland has accepted this prestigious invitation, ensuring that Ireland’s international position in racing and breeding remains alongside the best in the world” says Pat Keogh, CEO, Leopardstown Racecourse.
Irish Champions Weekend creates one of the richest weekends on the international racing calendar with over €3 million prize money across 16 races including 10 Group Races (5 Group 1s) over two fantastic days at Leopardstown and the Curragh on Saturday and Sunday, September 12th and 13th 2015.
Good Food Ireland is Ireland's premium food experience and is a collection of leading restaurants, hotels, cookery schools, shops, pubs, cafes and food producers passionately committed to local Irish food, highlighting Ireland's food culture. It is a unique trusted resource for good food holidays, eating out, learning to cook or for buying the very best Irish food produce.
Visit the Breeders Cup Website for more information –