The latest element of Tourism Ireland’s 2016 Game of Thrones® campaign has been revealed – special ‘Valyrian Steel’ kitchen knives inspired by the mythical steel from the Game of Thrones® series.Tourism Ireland has released a short film of these mythically inspired kitchen knives.
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‘Valyrian Steel’ is known to Game of Thrones® fans as the sharpest and most durable steel in all the seven kingdoms – and as one of the few things that can kill White Walkers. Tourism Ireland has created a set of three special kitchen knives made from Northern Ireland’s own re-imagining of ‘Valyrian Steel’.
To demonstrate the knives’ practical applications in the real world, Tourism Ireland has called on an expert – and who values the function and effectiveness of a top quality blade more than a professional chef? The knives were delivered to Stephen Toman, at his Michelin-starred OX restaurant in Belfast, where he used them to create a banquet worthy of Westerosi knights – rack of lamb from the Mourne Mountains in Co Down, braised liver, smoked celeriac and wild garlic. The knives now sit in pride of place in a secure case in OX.
This very special set of kitchen knives is part of a wider Game of Thrones® campaign being rolled out worldwide by Tourism Ireland in partnership with HBO, celebrating Northern Ireland as Game of Thrones® Territory. As part of the campaign, 10 intricately carved wooden doors are popping up in locations across Northern Ireland. The doors are being unveiled by Tourism Ireland each week as the series unfolds – in restaurants, pubs and other venues near filming locations.