Budding Chefs Urged to go Wild in the Burren

A selection of food sourced from the Burren.

A selection of food sourced from the Burren.

Budding chefs with a taste for the wild are being encouraged to take part in the second annual Burren Masterchef Cookery Competition.

Hosted by the Burren Ecotourism Network and supported by the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark, the competition invites participants to create a dish comprising home-grown ingredients and wild and foraged foods from around the Burren.

The competition takes place as part of the third annual Burren Food Fayre in Lisdoonvarna on Sunday, October 26th, featuring a comprehensive, free programme of food demonstrations and talks hosted by food writers, producers, nutritionists and restaurants from throughout the Burren and further afield.

The judging panel for the Burren Masterchef Cookery Competition includes Willie McCurdy (Belfast Chef and UK Masterchef regional finalist), Valerie O’Connor (Cook and Food Writer, Photographer and Author of ‘Bread on the Table’) and Chef John Sheedy (Sheedy’s Hotel, Lisdoonvarna).

First prize in the adult section of the competition is a half-day cookery course for two at the Ballymaloe Cookery School, courtesy of Darina Allen. The winner of the junior section will receive the prize of a half-day foraging walk and cooking demonstration at the Lahinch-based Wild Kitchen.

The 2014 Burren Food Fayre takes place from 12.30pm to 5.00pm on Sunday, October 26th. Visit for more.


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