FIVE FINALISTS ANNOUNCED IN EURO-TOQUES YOUNG CHEF OF THE YEAR 2013
Euro-toques have announced their five finalists in Ireland’s most distinguished culinary competition making Ireland one step closer to discovering the Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year winner 2013.
Chosen by a panel of well-known chef’s and judges, the five finalists in the Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year 2013 competition are:
- · Mark Moriarty (aged 21) Chef de Partie, The Greenhouse Restaurant
- · Kevin Burke (aged 24) Chef de Partie, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Merrion Hotel
- · Paula Leavy (aged 26) Chef de Partie from Locks Brasserie
- · Brian O’Flaherty (aged 24) Commis Chef in Restaurant Forty One, Residence Members Club
- · Grainne O’Keefe (aged 22) Junior Sous Chef in Pichet
Euro-Toques are looking for three simple winning ingredients when it comes to selecting the finalist for Young Chef of the Year – talent, enthusiasm and a passion for Irish food and heritage. Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2013 is in association with Fáilte Ireland is looking to identify young talents who have the potential to represent and define the Irish culinary scene, drawing from our land, traditions and culinary heritage.
The theme for the 2013 competition is ‘Food Memories: Your Interpretation?’ and it will be carried right through to the final event on November 24th; where the young chefs will use the past as an inspiration for the future, in order to create contemporary dishes that reflect re-imaginings of flavours, ingredients and presentation.
Wade Murphy, President Euro-Toques Ireland and Chef/Proprietor 1826 Adare said:
“These young chefs have been chosen for their astounding contributions to the culinary trade in Ireland. At the cutting edge of food innovation, their passion, talent, skill and ability to learn made them standout entries. It is fantastic that Euro-toques is in a position to reward such achievements and nurture growing talent. Throughout the competition, these young chefs have showed that innovation and creativity is still very much alive in the culinary world and re-confirming their well deserved place in the final five of this year’s Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year award!”
The final of the Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year will take place on Sunday 24 November and the winner will be revealed at an exclusive event that evening.
Judges for the final will include Elena Arzak, Best female Chef in the World in 2012 and joint head chef of three Michelin stared restaurant Arzak alongside her father Juan Mari Arzak.
The Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year 2013 will win a stage at ALMA, the International School of Italian cuisine in Colorno Italy, headed by world renowned chef Gualtiero Marchesi, amongst other exciting opportunities.