Athlone Springs shortlisted in National Porridge Awards

The Athlone Springs Hotel in Monksland has been shortlisted in Flahavan’s National Porridge Awards 2022.

The Roscommon business is one of nine hotels chosen as finalists in the competition which aims to reward “culinary teams who have elevated the breakfast experience and incorporated locally sourced Irish oats into their breakfast offerings”.

Flahavan’s Foodservice Business Development Manager, Shane O’Hanrahan, said: “The standard of entries to the National Porridge Awards has been excellent and we are delighted to announce this shortlist, showcasing the ‘best of the best’ in hotel breakfast experiences that incorporate our world-class Irish wholegrain oats into their offerings”.
For the final stage of judging, Eunice Power, well-known chef and food writer, will visit each of the shortlisted hotels, along with a representative from Flahavan’s, to experience their porridge offerings and select a winner for each of the competition categories: Best Classic Porridge, Most Innovative Porridge and Best Promotion of Porridge.

“I’m very excited to get on the road on behalf of Flahavan’s and visit each of the shortlisted hotels. I’m looking forward to experiencing first-hand the quality of the porridge on offer,” said Eunice Power.

“In my review of the porridge in each of the shortlisted hotels I’ll be looking out for key features that make a great porridge – including texture, flavour, presentation and origin of ingredients. As breakfast is such an important meal in any hotel experience, I’ll also be considering how creative each hotel has been in optimising their guests’ porridge experience in terms of toppings; accompaniments and presentation”.
A winner will be announced in each of the three categories with an overall winner chosen from these. Category winners will be awarded €500 each for their culinary teams, while one overall winner will be named ‘National Porridge Awards Champion 2022’ and will receive an additional €500 (i.e. €1,000 total) for a big team night out.