Over 30 of the country’s top chefs enjoyed a lunch featuring Ireland’s finest produce at Bord Bia’s Irish Garden Party, hosted at Simpsons in Birmingham.

Fergus Henderson (St John), James ‘Jocky’ Petrie (Gordon Ramsay Group) Henry Brosi (The Dorchester) and Chris Galvin (Galvin Restaurants) were among the chefs in attendance at the exclusive event.

While the rib of grass-fed Irish beef was undoubtedly the star of the event, guests also tasted Irish seafood and farmhouse cheeses – representing some of the very best the country has to offer.

The pre-lunch drinks reception highlighted the growing Irish craft beer and spirits industry including Clever Man craft beers from County Wexford and cocktails using Bertha’s Revenge Irish Milk Gin from County Cork.

Henry Horkan, from Bord Bia, said: “Raising awareness of the excellent quality and availability of Irish food among influential UK chefs was the key reason for the event and we were delighted that so many were able to join us on the day. I’d like to also thank the fantastic team at Simpsons for delivering such superb food and service.”