Running for more than two decades, the Keelings Farm Fresh Gold Medal Awards are recognised as the leading independent awards programme for the Irish hospitality industry.
Judged by industry experts, the Keelings Farm Fresh Gold Medal Awards recognise and reward excellence in hospitality and catering operations across the island of Ireland. These awards encourage and applaud hotels, restaurants, guest houses, spa and leisure facilities, event caterers, healthcare caterers, site caterers, as well as individuals and teams, that achieve the highest standard of product and service in the industry.
The awards were presented at a black tie gala dinner at the Crowne Plaza Dublin, Northwood on Tuesday, September 29th.
The MC for the awards this year was Colette Fitzpatrick!
Colette is one of Ireland’s most experienced live television presenters and is the main evening news anchor for TV3 News alongside Alan Cantwell.
She also hosts TV3’s prime time show Midweek every Wednesday and is anchor on the station’s all female daily Midday show alongside panelists such as Mary O Rourke TD and singer Mary Coughlan.
Colette regularly acts as Moderator for conferences and events throughout Ireland, working with both the public and the private sector. She has hosted the National Women’s Enterprise Day conference for the past three years.
From Holycross, Thurles, Co Tipperary, Colette has been working in the TV3 newsroom since March 2001.
She has presented special live news programmes on breaking news days, notably the recent visits of Queen Elizabeth and President Barack Obama. She has also reported from Portugal on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, from Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the tsunami in 2004 and from Kashmir in the aftermath of the earthquake in 2005.
Colette won the TV NOW Best News Presenter Award in 2007, was awarded a certificate of merit at the Justice Media Awards in 2010 for a feature on headshops on Midweek and was part of the news team that won the Best News Programme at the Irish Film and Television Awards in 2010.
Little known fact- When Colette worked in Today FM she did all the female voices on Gift Grub and is on the very first Gift Grub album!