Apprentice Chef Programme Finale Highlighted Young Irish Cooking Talents
Last Friday, 24 students from Cork, Kerry and Limerick celebrated the completion of the 2015/2016 Apprentice Chef Programme which is sponsored by Flogas Ireland and Failte Ireland. Since 2015, the programme has allowed over 500 students to enjoy a series of activities aimed to promote the importance of healthy eating and to encourage young people to consider a culinary career to help combat the current chef crisis in Ireland.
Finalists served their dishes to a prestigious panel of judges. Having been mentored by accomplished Kerry chefs Mark Doe and Louise Brosnan and supported by nutritional therapist, Susie Cox, each dish had a “Good Mood Food” influence.
George Hennessy from Midleton College was announced as the Supreme Apprentice Chef with his dish of roast loin of lamb, red currant jus, fondant potato, beetroot, baby carrots and salsa verde. The prize that the 16 year old from Dungourney received included €1000 worth of equipment for his school’s Home Economics’ room, a specially commissioned chef Ambri Board, a professional knife valued at €130, an in-school cookery workshop with the Apprentice Chef team, a Just Cooking cook book and an annual subscription to Easy Food Magazine.
Buttevant’s Rachel Wharton presented a trio of desserts which helped her to secure second place. Aoife McMahon from Midleton won the third prize with her chicken, spinach and mushroom roulade with sweet potato and carrot purée, buttered leeks and crispy chicken skin shard. Best Project was awarded to 2014/2015 Supreme Apprentice Chef, Stephanie Kearney from Colaiste Pobail Naomh Mhuire in Buttevant.
This is the fourth year of the Apprentice Chef Programme which was established by Mark Doe of Just Cooking Cookery School and Mark Murphy, senior lecturer in Culinary Arts at IT Tralee.