Knorr Student Chef Competition 2018 Underway

Andrew Reddan

The 21st annual Knorr Student Chef of the Year competition has been launched, with the cook-off due to commence at Dundalk Institute of Technology on Tusday, April 17th.

Celebrating Ireland’s first Michelin starred pub, the theme of this year’s competition is A Contemporary Take on Traditional Irish Pub Dishes and is focused on using sustainable Irish produce. This year’s competition will be judged by a panel comprising Unilever Food Solutions’ Business Development Chef, Mark McCarthy, who will be joined by special guest judge Aidan McGrath, Chef Patron at the Wild Honey Inn, Ireland’s first Michelin starred pub. Also joining the panel are Katy McGuinness, restaurant critic with the Irish Independent and food writer for the Sunday Times and Michael McNamara, Chef Lecturer, Dundalk Institute of Technology.

This year's students are being challenged to create a vegetarian starter and a main course celebrating Irish seafood. Students must demonstrate an understanding of the importance of locally sourced and produced ingredients in the creation of their menu.

Speaking about this year’s competition, Mark McCarthy, Business Development Chef, Unilever Food Solutions, said: “Irish pub food has always been a staple in the Irish food industry. The quality and range of food available has expanded greatly and traditional pub dishes are evolving. The challenge in this year’s competition is to present two dishes which not only illustrate the innate pub food tradition but bring it to life with a contemporary twist. I am excited to see what the students bring to the table.”

Besides the Knorr Student Chef of the Year title, the winner will receive a Wild Atlantic Way culinary experience that will include stops at Loam and Anair in Galway, and the Wild Honey Inn in Co. Clare.

The competition is open to second year students from participating catering colleges, training centres and Institutes of Technology. The winning entrant from each participating college will travel to Dundalk Institute of Technology for the final on Tuesday, 17th April 2018.

For more information, see ufs.com/knorrstudentchef.

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