Kenmare Select Timeline
1991 – Award-winning Chef Rémy Benoit formed Kenmare Select as a small scale seasonal offering, employing local chefs to smoke the salmon for the Christmas period. The business started with 2 people, including Séan Jones who remains involved with Kenmare Select to this day as master smoker.
1992 – Following initial success the Kenmare Select team increased to four part-time staff members.
1993 –There was such a substantial demand for Kemare Smoked salmon in 1993 that the team increased to seven staff members. Rémy travelled Europe using his existing Chef contacts to make contact with distributors including Longino & Cardenal in Italy, Peck in Milan and Caviar House in Germany, many of whom are still customers to this day.
2000 – Rémy and the team won a major contract to supply one of Europe’s major supermarket chains.
2011 & 2012 – Kenmare Select awarded Great Taste Awards.
2017 – Kenmare Select was bought by Quinlan’s Fish. The Quinlan’s team integrated the whole smoking and processing operation into their local Cahersiveen plant, allowing for economies of scale, while retaining many of the existing staff, skills and traditional processes to preserve the award winning quality of Kenmare Select.
2018, 2020, 2021, 2022 – Kenmare Select win Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards.