The eight finalists of the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2019 competition have been announced, following a competitive semi final stage between 14 young chefs.

Instead of the usual six finalists, this year the judges selected eight chefs to progress due to the exceptional talent on display at the semi final stage. The competition is supported by La Rousse Foods.

Chef judges Jordan Bailey of Aimsir restaurant, Shauna Froydenlund from Marcus at The Berkeley, Anna Haugh of Myrtle restaurant and Gareth Mullins of The Marker Hotel chose the eight chefs following a skills test semi final held on Sunday 11th August, in the professional kitchens of Dublin Cookery School in Blackrock.

The eight chefs selected to go through to the final round of Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2019 are:

  • James Dobson (Potager)
  • Attila Galambos (Aniar)
  • Daniel Hannigan (Mr S.,soon to open)
  • Karan Mittal (Ananda)
  • Grainne Mullins (Lignum, soon to open)
  • Gareth O’Brien (Bastible)
  • Matthew Stafford (The Greenhouse)
  • Alison Tierney (Dax)

During the course of the semi final, the 14 participants were set two separate tasks — the first a skills test of following a recipe written by guest chef judge Shauna Froydenlund, and the second of creating a dish based on a mystery basket of produce selected by the judging committee.

Their tasks were to make a classic sabayon finished with whipped cream, strictly following the provided recipe, for which they were allocated a half hour, followed by a 90-minute task of producing a dish using main mystery ingredients, which this year were monkfish and cockles.

The chefs were marked on their execution and work practice, the taste and flavour of their various dishes, and presentation, with the skills set counting for 25% of the total and the mystery basket test for 75% of the total score.

As part of the competition, the finalists will all attend Food on the Edge in Galway, on 21st and 22nd of October. They will also have the opportunity to experience a series of educational events lined up before the grand final in November, including a surprise trip abroad, a hands-on visit with suppliers and producers in Ireland and an exclusive collaboration with a leading chef as part of the development program with La Rousse Foods.

The final will be held in the professional kitchens of Dublin Cookery School in Blackrock on 10th November with final guest chef judges including Michel Roux Jnr., Paul Flynn, Margot Janse and Gareth Mullins.

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