18th Jun 2009
The 20 year long relationship between Euro-toques Ireland – the Irish branch of the European Community of Chefs – and Baileys has come to an end as part of Diageo’s global cost cutting programme.
Since 1990 R&A Bailey has been a major sponsor of the Euro-toques organisation generally and the sole partner on the Euro-toques Young Chef Competition. Those who have been closely involved in the partnership on both sides deeply regret the decision, as they have enjoyed an excellent relationship and the competition has continued to be a great success. The 19th Baileys/Euro-toques Young Chef competition held in April this year enjoyed an unprecedented level of interest from the industry and the final event, held in Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, garnered significant media coverage. Following the announcement, Commissioner-General of Euro-toques Ireland and Head Chef at Wineport Lodge, Feargal O’Donnell commented;
“Euro-toques enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Baileys and are very grateful to them for their outstanding support of the both the Young Chef Competition and the organisation generally over the past 20 years.
This year’s competition was a huge success. It has built up an excellent reputation within the industry and in the media, and we look forward to running it for the next 20 years. We are now embarking on a new era for the Euro-toques Young Chef Competition and are confident we will be joined by new partners who will share our passion in seeking out and recognising Ireland’s star chefs of the future”.
The 2009 Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year is James Devine from Deli on the Green in Moygashel, Co. Tyrone, who is currently completing a stage at 2 Michelin starred Pied a Terre restaurant in London as part of his prize. In 2010, the Euro-toques Young Chef Competition will celebrate its 20th year.
For further information please call Ruth Hegarty on 01-6779995
NOTES TO THE EDITOR:
A 180 strong grouping of professional chefs and cooks committed to principles of local food sourcing, seasonality and support of small food producers. Euro-toques acts both as a network for its member chefs and a lobby group for culinary heritage and food education.
Euro-toques Ireland was founded by Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe House, and its membership includes such well-known names as Neven Maguire of MacNean House, Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody House, Ross Lewis of Chapter One Restaurant and Derry Clarke of L’Ecrivain. Its current Commissioner-General (President) is Feargal O’Donnell, Head Chef at Wineport Lodge, Glasson, Co. Westmeath.
The organisation has almost 4,000 members Europe-wide.