Homecoming celebration for World Class Chef Kieran "Duey" Doherty

Homecoming of a "Chowder" Champion
Homecoming celebration for World Class Chef Kieran "Duey" Doherty

A major homecoming event was staged in Kieran’s home town of Ballyliffin last night where he runs his successful business “Nancy’s Barn”

The official homecoming function was organised to mark the return of Kieran and his team who won the World Chowder Cook-Off in Newport, Rhode Island last Saturday evening.

Kieran qualified for the prestigious competition last year when he scooped the overall Irish title at the All-Ireland Chowder cook-off in Kinsale.   He progressed to that stage after taking the title in Donegal in his first ever competition.  However, Saturday’s win was the pinnacle of success for the Inishowen chef who was ecstatic and emotional as he thanked all his team, fabulous family, staff, friends and customers for their support.

Commenting on his achievement Kieran sated that “it was an honour to be part of such a prestigious event and that events such as the Chowder festival provides a great platform to promote Donegal, not only as a food destination, but as a County to visit where there is something for everyone.

Kieran travelled to Rhode Island with his team and was also supported by Eve-Anne Mc Carron, from the Food Coast Initiative and Joanne Kilmartin, Donegal Diaspora Project officer with the Local Enterprise Office, Donegal County Council.    Referring to the trip Joanne commented on the level of support not only from people at home but acknowledged those who travelled from across the USA to be with Kieran on the day to offer support and of course cast the all important vote. 

Relations, friends and those with an interest in the County came from all over New England and as far away as New York and Philadelphia.  It provided a great opportunity to promote the Donegal Diaspora Project and to link in with people originally from Donegal who now call the US home or those with an affinity for the County. 

Congratulations to Kieran and his team on his on this amazing achievement!