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  • President Update - September - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    excise on wine the highest in the EU Tax on wine has increased 62 in the past two years Ireland s duty on wine is over 600 higher than the EU average and is 280 higher for beer and 230 higher for spirits We as a nation must be proud of what we have to offer but we need the governments help on this I personally feel sorry with tourists that come to my restaurant at how much I have to charge them for a simple bottle of wine especially when a glass of wine with a meal should be the most natural thing in the world One interesting fact and I m talking whiskey we now have 26 independent distillers but a tourist will pay an average of 29 18 for a litre of Irish whiskey here while in the US it costs 16 61 and in Germany 17 56 The current high level of excise duty on alcohol is completely unfair on all small businesses and I have no doubt that our alcohol taxes have damaged our image abroad Please continue to talk to your local representatives about these high costs Finally branch meetings which kick off on September 14 th in Galway Please stick these dates in your diary as they are well worth attending Presentations from our CEO Adrian Cummins on PRSI Calories on Menus Excise more as well as an employment law update Recruitment partner Jobbio and payment services Elavon Finally I would just like to say I look forward to meeting and discussing the local issues with as many of you as possible at these events Slan go foillin Anthony Gray Popular Latest Comments Restaurants Association of Ireland slams Dublin City Council for Sunshine Tax on Outdoor Seating June 22 2015 By Restaurants Association

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  • President Anthony Gray - August Update - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    obviously they re not so where do the government think I or we can recoup this I will welcome a reduction in PRSI or the Universal Social Charge I believe the government must understand that this is the way forward before any minimum wage increase If they decide not to well then they will just draw a red line through job creation expansion and competitiveness Please god let common sense prevail but let s watch this space As regards the second issue of chef shortage the new apprenticeship proposals are a stepping stone in tackling the crisis but the re establishment of CERT is the only solution We state that the main skills shortages are among suitably qualified chefs Shortages of commis chefs feed into shortages at higher and specialist levels Among the applicants submitted for chef positions many are deemed not to be appropriately qualified This reflects the fact that there is not enough chef training centres Currently 1800 chefs qualify each year from certified culinary training programmes There is an immediate deficit of 5000 chef trainees annually So therefore the chef shortage in this country is an ongoing problem and needs to be addressed The next items on the calendar are the Road Shows which start in mid September Please stick these dates in your diary as they are well worth attending We hope to have them packed with all sorts of helpful hints marketing suggestions and cost saving initiatives These Road shows are free of charge but their success depends largely on your attendance Finally I would just like to say I look forward to meeting and discussing the local issues with as many of you as possible at these events Slán go foillín Anthony Gray Popular Latest Comments Restaurants Association of Ireland slams Dublin City Council

    Original URL path: http://www.rai.ie/president-anthony-gray-august-update/ (2016-02-18)
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  • RAI Welcome New Apprenticeship Proposals as a Stepping Stone in Tackling the Crisis Chef Shortage - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    of chefs throughout Ireland and that there is a serious demand and pressure on businesses and restaurants Chief Executive of The RAI Adrian Cummins commented on the new proposals The chef shortage in this country is an ongoing problem The new apprenticeship proposals are a stepping stone in tackling the crisis but the re establishment of CERT is the only solution The RAI state that the main skills shortages are among suitably qualified chefs Shortages of commis chefs feed into shortages at higher and specialist levels Among the applicants submitted for chef positions many are deemed not to be appropriately qualified This reflects the fact that there is not enough chef training centres Currently 1800 chefs qualify each year from certified culinary training programmes There is an immediate deficit of 5000 chef trainees annually The RAI recommends investment in management and the establishment of 10 new chef training centres nationally CERT the State Tourism Training Agency was established in 1963 CERT was responsible for providing a trained workforce for the hotel catering and tourism industry It offered training courses for those wishing to pursue a career in this field and for employees in the industry who wanted to develop new skills It was abolished in May 2003 Irish workers are accounted for 69 of employees in the Hospitality sector This highlights the importance of the industry Mr Cummins continued We want to be able to market Ireland as a centre of food excellence a true culinary experience with world class chefs leading the way Instead we are finding ourselves in a position where we have a severe shortage of chefs in Ireland which is now threatening growth and expansion in the restaurant sector ENDS For further information contact C o Restaurants Association of Ireland 11 Bridge Court Citygate St Augustine

    Original URL path: http://www.rai.ie/rai-welcome-new-apprenticeship-proposals-as-a-stepping-stone-in-tackling-the-crisis-chef-shortage/ (2016-02-18)
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  • RAI Calls for the Crisis Shortage of Chefs to be Tackled - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    chef training centres Currently 1800 chefs qualify each year from certified culinary training programmes There is an immediate deficit of 5000 chef trainees annually The RAI recommends investment in management and the establishment of 10 new chef training centres nationally CERT the State Tourism Training Agency was established in 1963 CERT was responsible for providing a trained workforce for the hotel catering and tourism industry It offered training courses for those wishing to pursue a career in this field and for employees in the industry who wanted to develop new skills It was abolished in May 2003 Speaking on the crisis Chief Executive Adrian Cummins commented CERT the Former National Tourism Training Agency was established in 1964 It ceased to operate and was closed down in May 2003 The restaurant sector are calling for the immediate re establishment of CERT which the tourism and hospitality sector held in high esteem while it was operational It was fit for purpose and serviced the industry with skilled labour during its operational years Irish workers are accounted for 69 of employees in the Hospitality sector This highlights the importance of the industry Mr Cummins continued We want to be able to market Ireland as a centre of food excellence a true culinary experience with world class chefs leading the way Instead we are finding ourselves in a position where we have a severe shortage of chefs in Ireland which is now threatening growth and expansion in the restaurant sector ENDS For further information contact C o Restaurants Association of Ireland 11 Bridge Court Citygate St Augustine Street Dublin 8 Telephone 353 1 6779901 Mobile 353 86 8263311 Fax 353 1 6718414 Email info rai ie Website www rai ie Popular Latest Comments Restaurants Association of Ireland slams Dublin City Council for Sunshine Tax

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  • RAI President Update - July - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    need to play our part in the lobbying and campaigning side of things and I am asking each and every one of you to step up to the plate and do your best to ensure your local political representatives know the issues that affect us as restaurant owners On a totally different note obviously through my role as President I am spending a lot more time in Dublin and the inner city and unfortunately have to say that I ve experienced the fear factor of walking around in Dublin both day and night I m also well aware that citizens and visitors to Dublin are experiencing the same In light of such we are happy now that that the Dublin City Business Forum with representative organisations has been set up with the Gardai to tackle the issues of aggressive begging and street crime If you are experiencing any issues in your area please do not hesitate to let us know We are here to represent your interests and similar forums if needed should be set up The RAI Golf society enjoyed another great day out in Powerscourt House for the RAI Jameson Golf Inter Restaurant Cup Congratulations to Team Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud who took home the honours Don t forget the away outing will take place 13th to 15th of September and places are booking up quickly for this event with 3 rounds and two evening meals at the Farnham estate for only 230 pp Ring Kristina in office to book and avoid disappointment If there s anything we can do to assist your business over the summer be sure to let us know We are here to serve you throughout the year Now don t forget to enjoy the sunshine Slán go foillín Anthony Gray President Restaurants Association of

    Original URL path: http://www.rai.ie/rai-president-update-july/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Mark Moriarty Set to Compete for the Title of World Best Young Chef 2015 in Milan - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    be selected by the unquestionable authority of this great panel of culinary artist The Grand Finale event will be full of surprises Thanks to the partnership with Vogue Italia S Pellegrino s ally in its commitment to scouting and promoting talent some other important prizes will be awarded Vogue Italia matched each young chef with an emerging designer These designers ideated a fashion creation inspired by their partner s signature dish thus giving birth to an unprecedented fusion between fine food and style During the Grand Finale two prizes for the Best Chef Designer couple will be awarded One will be selected thanks to the votes of all the guests attending the event a parterre made of vips influencers chefs and international journalists The other will be assigned via Vogue it the online edition of the highly renowned and influential magazine where all the Chef and Designer creations have been published enabling food and fashion lovers from around the world to vote their favourite You can vote online for Mark Moriarty by following the link below so please cast your vote and lets see if we can have an Irish chef win on the international stage http www vogue it talents concorsi e altro 2015 06 s pellegrino young chef 2015 voting Popular Latest Comments Restaurants Association of Ireland slams Dublin City Council for Sunshine Tax on Outdoor Seating June 22 2015 By Restaurants Association President s Report February February 08 2016 By Restaurants Association Bord Bia announces Belleek Castle as Just Ask Restaurant of the Year 2014 February 04 2014 By raireland Human Resources Officer vacancy Restaurants Association of Ireland February 04 2014 By raireland View all Posts President s Report February February 08 2016 By Restaurants Association Investment Returns to the Irish Hospitality Sector at Hospitality Expo RDS

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  • Top Restaurants in Leinster Announced at The Irish Restaurant Awards 2015 - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    Judging 10 All County winners and the Dublin Shortlist in each category are asked to submit a copy of their food menu and wine list for judging Best Restaurant Sponsored by Dalcassian Wines Spirits and Wakefield Wines Carlow Sha Roe Bistro Kildare The Brown Bear Restaurant Kilkenny Campagne Laois The Candied Walnut Longford Black Olive Restaurant Louth The Bay Tree Restaurant Meath Zucchini s Offaly The Blue Apron Restaurant Westmeath Thyme Restaurant Wexford Aldridge Lodge Restaurant Wicklow Chakra by Jaipur Best Chef Sponsored by La Rousse Foods Carlow Alan Foley The Cellar Restaurant at Step House Hotel Kildare Josef Zammit of The Brown Bear Kilkenny Garett Byrne of Campagne Laois Graham Gallagher of Castle Durrow Restaurant Longford Gary O Hanlon VM Restaurant at Viewmount House Louth Michael Hunter of Scholars Townhouse Restaurant Meath Robert Krawczyk of Brabazon at Tankardstown House Offaly Darren Brooks of Slí Dála Restaurant at Kinnity Castle Westmeath John Coffey of Thyme Restaurant Wexford Billy Whitty Aldridge Lodge Restaurant Wicklow Tim Daly of The Strawberry Tree at Brooklodge Best Gastro Pub Sponsored by Bunzl McLaughlin Carlow Teach Dolmain Kildare Hartes of Kildare Kilkenny Marble City Bar Tea Rooms Laois Lethean Longford The Rustic Inn Louth Fitzpatrick s Bar and Restaurant Meath The Central Offaly The Thatch Westmeath Weirs Bar Restaurant Wexford Tides Gastro Pub Wicklow Acton s Pub and The Orchard Cafe Best Casual Dining Sponsored by Total Produce Carlow Rachel s Garden Cafe Kildare The Ballymore Inn Kilkenny Foodworks Laois Seasons Bistro Longford Aubergine Gallery Café Louth Eastern Seaboard Bar Grill Meath Coppers Spices Offaly Spinners on Castle Street Westmeath Kin Khao Thai Wexford The Pigs Tale Wicklow The Three Q s Best Hotel Restaurant Carlow The Cellar Restaurant at Step House Hotel Kildare The Linden Tree Restaurant at Carton House Kilkenny The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Laois Castle Durrow Restaurant Longford VM Restaurant at Viewmount House Louth Scholars Townhouse Restaurant Meath Brabazon at Tankardstown House Offaly Slí Dala Restaurant at Kinnity Castle Hotel Westmeath The Restaurant at Wineport Lodge Wexford The Restaurant at Marlfield House Wicklow The Strawberry Tree at Brooklodge Best Customer Service Sponsored by TheTaste ie Carlow Ruben s Restaurant at Step House Hotel Kildare Fallons of Kilcullen Kilkenny Ristorante Rinuccini Laois Stradbally Fare Longford VM Restaurant at Viewmount House Louth Ghan House Restaurant Meath Vanilla Pod Restaurant at Headfort Arms Hotel Offaly Sirocco s Westmeath The Restaurant at Wineport Lodge Wexford The River Bar Restaurant at Riverbank House Hotel Wicklow Campo de Fiori Restaurant Best Wine Experience Sponsored by Classic Drinks Massottina Carlow Sha Roe Bistro Kildare The Byrley Turk at The K Club Kilkenny The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Laois The Candied Walnut Longford VM Restaurant at Viewmount House Louth D Vine Wine Bar Restaurant Meath Brabazon at Tankardstown House Offaly Sirocco s Westmeath Thyme Restaurant Wexford Greenacres Wicklow The Hungry Monk Best Kids Size Me Sponsored by Heinz Kids Size Me Leinster Regional Winner The Snailbox Co Meath Best Restaurant Manager Sponsored by Tindal Wine and Emiliana Vineyards

    Original URL path: http://www.rai.ie/top-restaurants-in-leinster-announced-at-the-irish-restaurant-awards-2015/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Sligo Man Elected as President of the RAI - Restaurants Association of IrelandRestaurants Association of Ireland
    won t survive otherwise Anthony made a moving speech at the Presidents Dinner that evening He empathised with members and reassured them that they were not alone We are brave and as a result of brave wages get paid families reared and main streets bustle He commented as Gaeilge Is é do cogadh mo chogagh which means your fight is my fight Anthony Gray is a Sligo native where he lives with his wife Eilish and three children His father Joe Gray ran a very successful butcher business in the heart of Sligo town for many years curing his own hams and making his own sausages etc While working in this background and an appreciation for food came to providence Anthony believes in sourcing produce from the land and sea around Sligo and that drives Anthony s passion and dedication to using local and seasonal ingredients Anthony had always viewed Sligo as a foodie town that was crying out for its local produce to be championed He opened two multi award winning restaurants in quick succession Tra Ban opened in 2009 in Strandhill and Eala Bhan opened in Sligo Town in 2011 He is aware of the challenges of running a restaurant business in today s environment and looks forward to engaging with RAI members on how to overcome obstacles that they may face He succeeds Pádraic Óg of Gallagher Boxty House Temple Bar Dublin as the 18 th President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Ends Please find images from the event here Notes to the Editor Anthony Gray can be contacted on 0879028845 or by email at president rai ie featured Popular Latest Comments Restaurants Association of Ireland slams Dublin City Council for Sunshine Tax on Outdoor Seating June 22 2015 By Restaurants Association President s Report February

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