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DkIT Student Crowned Top Student Chef in Ireland

Posted on March 21, 2017

DkIT Student Andrew Reddan wins KNORR Student Chef of the Year competition after exciting cook off at Cork Institute of Technology.

Andrew Reddan representing Dundalk Institute of Technology has been crowned KNORR Student Chef of the Year 2017 after a thrilling cook off hosted by Cork Institute of Technology. Not only did Andrew overcome a challenging theme, he also successfully fought off the challenge of ten other rising stars to claim the top prize. Andrew is a 2nd year Culinary Arts student in DkIT.

Celebrating its 20th year in 2017, KNORR Student Chef of the Year, the most celebrated student chef competition, is open to catering colleges, institutes of technology and training centres across the island of Ireland.

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Provenance: The story behind the menu’ and is focused on celebrating Irish produce. This year’s competition was judged by a panel comprising Unilever Food Solutions’ Business Development Chef, Mark McCarthy. He was joined by special guest judge and winner of the National Chef of the Year by the UK’s Craft Guild of Chefs, James Devine. Joining the panel also were Fergal O’Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of the Coeliac Society of Ireland and Ann O’ Connor, Chef Lecturer, Cork Institute of Technology.

Students were challenged to create a starter using Irish seafood and a main course celebrating Irish beef.

Andrew impressed the judges with his starter of Irish Seabass with Carlingford mussel ragout with lemon and curd, curd and mint risotto For his main course, he served a ‘Tasting of beef’, which comprised seared sirloin, cheek croquette, bonemarrow crumb with carmelised celeriac puree. – Yummy!

Andrew will now receive a fantastic culinary experience in New York. He will dine in the three-stared Michelin restaurant, Eleven Madison Park. Not only that but he will also take a unique food tour of the Big Apple.

For more information on the BA in Culinary Arts at DkIT please click here. Or for the Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts click here


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