Following a two-year break, the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year competition, presented by principal partners La Rousse Foods, resumes in 2022 and celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Traditionally open to professional young chefs under the age of 26, this year the competition was extended to under 28-year-olds to make up for the two-year gap since 2019. The traditional timeline was also adjusted with the selection process starting in January, the semi-finals scheduled for Sunday May 29th and the finals planned for Sunday September 25th, 2022.

With 40 applications received from young chefs from all over the country through their open submission process, Euro-Toques Ireland has revealed the names of the 12 young chefs who have been selected after a written stage and interview process.

The semi-finalists are: Andrew Hartnett from Oliveto Restaurant, Attila Galambos from Aniar Restaurant, Calum Falls from Aimsir, David Condon from the Shelbourne Hotel, Eoghan O’Flynn from Liss Ard Estate, Leticia Miranda from Mae Restaurant, Liam Britchfield currently working in Delahunt Restaurant and moving to Paul Ainsworth At No6, Michael Jones from the Glass Curtain, Peadar Lewis from Carton House, Ryan Dowling from the Courthouse Restaurant, Shauna Murphy from Adare Manor, and Victor Franca from Nua Asador.

These chefs now have the opportunity to progress to the semi-finals which will be held on Sunday May 29th in the Dublin Cookery School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Joining Commissioner General Gareth Mullins of The Marker Hotel, this year’s judges at the semi-finals phase are Richard Corrigan The Corrigan Collection, Shauna Froydenlund formerly of Marcus at The Berkeley, and Kieran Glennon of Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.

Former winners including Mark Moriarty who progressed to win the World San Pellegrino Young Chef Competition in 2015. Former 2017 winner Conor Halpenny is currently entering the 2022 World San Pellegrino Young Chef Competition.

Commissioner General Gareth Mullins said: “We are very excited about resuming the competition this year and changing to a spring/summer format as it will give us an opportunity to work with different products and explore the bounty of Irish seasonality. The 12 semi-finalists participating in Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2022 represent some of the best talent in Ireland today and we look forward to working with them, their mentors, and their restaurants.”

Asked to talk about her experience, former winner Gráinne Mullins said: “For me the journey was almost more important than winning. Of course, I am extremely happy I went on to win the competition but what I learnt throughout the months leading to the finals was more valuable than anything else. It truly was an enriching experience, and it did inspire me to push forward and set up my own business. Grá Chocolates was the result of many things, certainly the pandemic played a big part in my decision, but I think coming from such an incredible experience with the competition was most definitely a positive influence on my career.”

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