Pop-in to our Pop-up – and meet the Young Chef 2012 Finalists

Finally, phew, we can announce who are 5 finalists are in the 2012 Young Chef of the Year. It’s been hard keeping it to ourselves since Monday evening. And we are so excited to have such an amazing bunch of Young Chefs.

Monday really was an incredible day. We were totally blown away by the passion, commitment, and intelligence of the 15 chefs we met. It was clear that the vast majority of them would give body and soul to this industry and to their love of food and cooking. The future of Irish cooking is in good hands.

But sadly we had to say goodbye to 10 – and continue the journey with only 5.

Find out who they are and how you could meet them – and more importantly – taste their food, below.


Tweet #freefeast to be in with a chance to be there

5 chefs – 5 producers – 50 miles

Young Chef of the Year Finalists to cook for Dublin City at

 special public pop-up event

The 2012 Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year competition is spilling over into the heart of Dublin city next Tuesday October 30th. On this day, the 5 selected finalists in Ireland’s most distinguished culinary competition will open the doors of Cooks Academy, South William Street, Dublin, between 1.30pm and 3.00pm and cook some delightful bites for the general public to sample free of charge.

There will be a limited number of spaces available, which will be given away via Twitter this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Follow @eurotoquesirl and Tweet them including hashtag #freefeast – and you will get a tweet to confirm your place.

The 5 finalists for the 2012 Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year are:

  • Ciaran Elliott, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin
  • Jack O’Keeffe, Springfort Hall, Mallow
  • John O’Connor, The Malton, Killarney
  • Keelan Higgs, Locks Brasserie, Dublin
  • Mark Moriarty, The Greenhouse, Dublin

Each will be set-up at a separate workstation where you can see them create taster dishes that celebrate Samhain (Ireland’s Harvest festival) by using local & seasonal foods. Each dish will highlight one producer from the finalists local area with all the main ingredients being sourced within a 50 mile radius of where they are based. The dish will represent the finalists take on the best of Irish cooking today.

Commenting about the event Gearoid Lynch, President Euro-Toques Ireland and Young Chef 2000 said, “In this year’s Young Chef of the Year competition we are really putting the finalists out there and looking at how they interact with people and get across their passion for food and Irish ingredients. But in the end, it is all about their cooking talent and ability to learn. We are looking forward to seeing the finalists overall development in the next month before the winner is announced on November 25th. This is the first time we have given the public the opportunity to meet the Young Chefs and sample their food. We are really excited about these two events, which will truly showcase the future of Irish cooking and we hope people will be interested in coming along.”

In association with Failte Ireland, the competition aims to search for Ireland’s Young Food Heroes that can contribute to developing Irish cooking and promoting it at home and abroad. The final of the Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year will take place on November 25th and the winner will be revealed at an exclusive mystery event that evening.  Members of the public will have the chance to win tickets to both events by keeping up with the competition online at www.youngchef.ie or via Facebook and Twitter.

Judges for the final will include Dublin born guest chef Trevor Moran, Sous Chef at Restaurant Noma, Copenhagen that holds two Michelin stars and was voted best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine for 3 years running (2010, 2011, 2012). The Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year will win an all -expenses paid stage in a top international restaurant, amongst other exciting opportunities.


For further information please contact:

Grace O’Reilly

Insight Consultants

086 1968831 /  grace@insightconsultants.ie

Notes to Editor:


To keep up to date:

FB:       Euro-Toques Ireland

Twitter: @eurotoquesirl


Watch the promo video:


Watch Young Chef 2011 winner Kamil  Dubanik’s journey here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ocXdhFK0dM&feature=g-upl

General info:

About Euro-Toques:

Euro-toques – the European Community of Chefs – was established in Brussels in 1986 by a group of the top chefs in Europe. Their purpose was to form a network of chefs committed to quality local food sourcing and to be a voice for the industry to protect Europe’s traditional foods and culinary heritage.

Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe House was one of the founding members and went on to found Euro-toques Ireland the same year. Euro-toques Ireland lobbies on a variety of food policy issues and is heavily involved in education, focusing on food education for children and skills training for chefs, in addition to organising food-related events and activities for both industry and the public.

Well-known Euro-Toques Ireland members include Paul Flynn, Martin Shanahan, Darina Allen, Rachel Allen, Kevin Thornton, Ross Lewis, Derry Clarke


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