Two of Ireland’s leading chefs joined Tourism Ireland this week in New York to cook a St Patrick’s Day meal and to raise the profile of the Irish culinary scene.

Noel McMeel from the Lough Erne Resort and Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School delivered an Irish culinary masterclass to guests, who included influential food and travel journalists and travel trade – helping to spread the word about the superb culinary experience on offer around Ireland.

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said “We are delighted to be joined in New York by two such eminent ambassadors for Irish food who bring a message about the special and unique treats that await Americans on an Irish foodie vacation. From Michelin Star restaurants, to gastro pubs and farmers markets, we now have a culinary experience to rival the best in Europe.”

Pictured: Darina Allen, Ballymaloe Cookery School; Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland; and Noel McMeel, Lough Erne Resort, at the St Patrick’s event in New York, organised by Tourism Ireland for influential food and travel journalists and travel trade.