The search is on to find Ireland’s top culinary student chefs. The KNORR Student Chef of the Year, now its 19th year, has just launched and is open to the very best student chefs from culinary colleges across the island of Ireland.
KNORR Student Chef of the Year is the biggest competition of its kind in Ireland and allows up-and-coming student chefs to showcase their talent, love of food, creativity and innovation in front of some of Ireland’s leading food professionals.
The theme of this year’s competition is ‘The Future of Irish Cuisine’ and is focused on celebrating Irish ingredients and cooking methods. This year’s competition will be judged by a panel comprising Unilever Food Solutions’ Business Development Chef, Mark McCarthy, he will be joined by special guest judge and World Young Chef of the Year, Mark Moriarty and Michael Gantly, Chef Lecturer, Athlone Institute of Technology.
This year students are being challenged to create a starter using sustainable Irish seafood and a main course celebrating Irish venison. Students must demonstrate an understanding of the challenges of culinary sustainability, incorporating food waste management and allergen awareness.
Speaking at the launch of this year’s competition, Mark McCarthy, Business Development Chef, Unilever Food Solutions, said:
“KNORR Student Chef is a brilliant opportunity for talented young chefs to showcase their culinary skills and demonstrate their innate creativity in front of leading food professionals. Irish diners are becoming much more adventurous in their food taste, but they are also becoming more appreciative of where their food comes from, making this year’s challenge particularly pertinent. I’m excited about seeing the diversity and skills on show by our next generation of master chefs.”
Mark continued: “At Unilever, we believe strongly in sustainability and we recognise that as an industry we’ve all got to pull together and make a real commitment to reduce food waste. All of us have a role to play and need to take responsibility, and this is something I want our next generation of master chefs to take on board.”
Guest judge, Mark Moriarty added: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s competition and I’m expecting the standard of entries to be the highest it’s ever been. There is so much talent on the island and KNORR Student Chef of the Year is a wonderful way of recognising the creative thinking and innovative ideas of the next generation of top-class chefs. For me, the winning chef will be as passionate about local produce as I am so I will be interested in hearing about the sustainable credentials of their dish. I’m looking forward to seeing how they marry effective food waste management with a great tasting dish.”
Besides the much-coveted KNORR Student Chef of the Year title, the winner will receive a fantastic culinary experience in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. On the first night, the winner will dine in style at Relae, the world’s leading sustainable restaurant and the second night will have them dining in Amass. They will also get an opportunity to take a unique food tour of Copenhagen, the ultimate way to experience the best of Danish food and culture from a local’s perspective.
The 2016 KNORR Student Chef of the Year competition is open to second year students from participating catering colleges, training centres and Institutes of Technology. Deadline for entries is Friday, 22nd January 2016. The winning entrant from each participating college will travel to Athlone Institute of Technology for the KNORR Student Chef of the Year final on Tuesday, 9th February 2016.
For more information, see www.unileverfoodsolutions.ie/knorrstudentchef.