Michael Deane: The Restaurateur

Michael Deane

Michael Deane has revolutionised the eating out scene in Belfast. He has held a Michelin Star for 13 years, the longest ever in Ireland.

He puts his consistent success down to a winning team of dedicated professionals working throughout all of Deane's restaurants, each one of whom takes responsibility for providing the best local food, cooked with flair and imagination and served to perfection.

"Michael Deane has achieved more than any  other chef in the whole of Ireland and his commitment  is recognised by the many awards won by him personally as well as Deanes Restaurant."

Stephen Scuffell, Chairman of Judges Craft Guild of Chefs UK Restaurant Chef of the Year

At Michael Deane's restaurants, the food is straightforward but inspired, just like the man himself.

 "From my earliest days I wanted to set a standard for the best quality and the best value eating out experience possible. Over the years I have come to learn that it is the customers not the critics, who decide if you are a success and that is very humbling. Thankfully our dedication to sourcing the best local produce and demanding the highest standards of cooking and presentation continues to please customers at home, as well as those visiting from abroad, and that is the only secret to our success."


Deanes Restaurant

1 Star Michelin 2022
1 Star Michelin 2021
 Star Michelin 2020
1 Star Michelin 2019
1 Star Michelin 2018
1 Star Michelin 2017
1 Star Michelin 2016
1 Star Michelin 1997 - 2010

Food & Wine Best Service Award 2009
Food & Wine Ulster Restaurant of the Year 2010
AA Guide Notable Wine List 2010/2011

3 AA Rosettes 1997 - 2005
4 AA Rosettes 2006 - 2010
Restaurant of the Year Jameson Guide 2000
2 Star Jameson Guide to Ireland
Restaurant of the Year Jameson Guide 2000
Best Ulster Restaurant 2007 & 2010
(Food & Wines Magazine Award)
Restaurant of the Year Ireland 2007
(Food & Wines Magazine Award)
Restaurant of The Year 2007 
(Georgina Campbell's Ireland Guide)

Michael Deane

Georgina Campbell ‘Hospitality Hero’ Award 2020, For Services To Irish Food & Hospitality              
Entrepreneur of the Year in Ireland 2016
Shortlisted for The Cateys UK Restaurateur of the Year 2017
Food & Wine Hall of Fame 2009
UK Restaurant Chef of the Year Craft Guild of Chefs 2002
Chef of the Year Jameson Guide 2001
Northern Ireland Chef of the Year IFEX 1993

Culinary Team

NIFEX Chef of the Year 2010
Gordon Ramsay Scholar Winner 2003
British Grand Prix Champions 2000 & 2002


Chris Fearon has worked for the Deanes Restaurant Group since 2008, starting as Head Chef of Deanes at Queens, one of the busiest establishments in the city, pushing boundaries with his hearty honest approach to cooking and serving up dishes in the Bar and Grill which are simply packed with flavour. The team at Deanes at Queens hold a Michelin Bib Gourmand and 2 AA Rosettes.

Chris Fearon - Executive Head Chef

Taking part in BBC Two's Great British Menu has given Chris the national stage to show the powerful potential that he has and his ability to stand shoulder to shoulder with the nation's best chefs. In 2010 Chris proudly presented the Starter Course at the Winner's Banquet in London having seen off competition from his Northern Ireland opponents and then winning his way through the UK Finals.

Chris has now taken up the position of Deanes Executive Head Chef with responsibility for the running of the kitchens in all the Deanes restaurants.