Mark Doe Cook Off - Apprentice Chef

On Wednesday 18th January the Apprentice Chef cook off took place in Killarney Community College. Students were shortlisted and a group of ten students prepared their dishes for adjudication; criteria for the dishes were to be healthy, use of local produce and use good mood foods. A variety of dishes were prepared and presented. The standard was very high and impressed the judges.

Dishes ranged from homemade soups, curries and chicken dishes to name but a few. Competition was high but only two finalists could get through to the next round of the Apprentice Competition. The joint winning finalists were Aoife O’Brien who cooked “Free range local chicken with pesto stuffing wrapped in parma ham in a white wine and cream sauce with olives, cherry tomatoes basil leaves and parmesan, served with Italian wedges, roasted tomatoes and seasoned carrots”.

The second winning finalist was Alanna Loughnane with her dish of “Green tea, smoked chicken with cauliflower rice and apple and fennel slaw”. The adjudicators Ms. Kerri McCarthy and Mr. Jer O’Sullivan were very impressed with the standard and quality of the dishes and the flavoursome taste as well as the professional presentation. Ms M.Keane (Home Economics teacher) complimented all students on their dedication and commitment in producing a great variety of dishes for the competition.