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Fishy business pays off for Quinlan’s Kerryfish

Friday, August 07, 2015

By Evelyn Ring
Irish Examiner Reporter

Fifty years of hard work has really paid off for the family-run Quinlan’s Kerryfish — the business struck gold twice at the Great Taste Awards.

REPRO FREE PHOTO:    Clodagh and dad Liam Quinlan from Renard with some freshly smoked salmon from the same oven her grandfather used 50 years ago at his smokery in Renard, Cahersiveen, County Kerry on Thursday as the family business celebrate winning two gold medals at the 2015 Great Taste Awards for their smoked salmon. Quinlan's Kerryfish are the only Salmon Smoker in Ireland and the UK to Scoop 3 stars in the awards and it's the second year in a row for Quinlan's Organic Smoked Irish Salmon to win a Great Taste Award. Photo: Don MacMonagle PRESS RELEASE Quinlan's Kerryfish is celebrating again after winning   two prestigious 3 star Great Taste Awards in the 2015 competition and being placed twice in the top 50 foods in the UK and Ireland.  Quinlan's Kerryfish are the only Salmon Smoker in Ireland and the UK to Scoop 3 stars in the awards and it's the second year in a row for Quinlan's Organic Smoked Irish Salmon to win a Great Taste Award. Quinlan's Organic Smoked Irish Salmon and  Quinlan's Organic Smoked Irish Salmon with Atlantic Sea Salt  were each awarded the prestigious three-star Gold Great Taste Awards and Top 50 Status. In addition both of Quinlan's Organic Smoked Irish Salmon were served at the 3-star judging dinner and received tremendous compliments from the Judges. Considering that there were over 10,000 entries, and that only 130 products were awarded a 3* Gold Medal, this is a huge endorsement for Quinlan's. Judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, producers and a host of food writers and journalists, including Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Campion, Great Taste is the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.   The comments from the judges for Quinlan's Organic Smoked Irish Salmon with Atlantic Sea Salt cure included: “A taste of the coastline, rock pools and sea weed”, this evocative smoked salmon’s firm texture, fresh
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Clodagh and dad Liam Quinlan from Renard with some freshly smoked salmon from the same oven her grandfather used 50 years ago at his smokery in Renard, Cahersiveen, County Kerry on Thursday as the family business celebrate winning two gold medals at the 2015 Great Taste Awards for their smoked salmon. Quinlan’s Kerryfish are the only Salmon Smoker in Ireland and the UK to Scoop 3 stars in the awards and it’s the second year in a row for Quinlan’s Organic Smoked Irish Salmon to win a Great Taste Award.
Photo: Don MacMonagleQuinlan’s Organic Smoked Irish Salmon and Quinlan’s Organic Smoked Irish Salmon with Atlantic Sea Salt were each awarded three-star golds and placed in the top 50.

Quinlan’s Kerryfish is the only salmon smoker in Ireland and Britain — the smokery is based at Renard Point, Co Kerry.

The Great Taste Awards, run by the London-based Guild of Fine Food, have become the largest and most highly trusted accreditation scheme for speciality food and drink producers.

“Considering that there were over 10,000 entries and that only 130 products were awarded a three-star gold medal, this is a huge endorsement for Quinlan’s,” said managing director Liam Quinlan.

Quinlan’s, established in 1963, is run by Michael Quinlan and his sons Liam, Ronan, and Fintan. Liam said the awards mark 50 years of hard work.

“We really are a work in progress because the business is constantly evolving and an international award like Great Taste really shows that we are doing something right,” said Liam.

He pointed out that it was the second year in a row for Quinlan’ Organic Smoked Irish Salmon to win a Great Taste Award. Quinlan’s master smoker, Ronan, said it was reassuring to have their organic smoked Irish salmon so rigorously tested.

The panel of judges included Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Carles Campion, TV presenter and cook Aggie Mackenzie, and food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Waitrose, and Marks and Spencer.

Quinlan’s Kerryfish sells its range of smoked salmon and fresh fish online direct from the smokery and at its shops in Kerry. It offers the smoked salmon at its seafood bars in Cork, Killarney, and Tralee and to a range of fine eating establishments throughout Europe.

Like all of the other three-star winners, the Quinlans will have to wait to see if they scoop the top regional prize at the Great Taste Golden Fork Awards in London on Monday, September 7.