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Street theme for cooking competition

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 4:56pm

The search for Ireland’s next culinary sensation is officially underway and it could be someone from Cork.

The 2019 Knorr Student Chef of the Year is now open to second year students throughout the country. The competition, which is celebrating its 22nd year running, is the biggest of its kind and has cooked up a reputation for quality and high standards displayed by its young contestants.

Celebrating the nation’s growing love for street food, this year’s theme is Street on a Plate: a Street Food Inspired Feast. The theme follows the influence that street food from around the world is having on Irish menus and will give students an opportunity to showcase their creativity and skill in the kitchen.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s competition, Audrey Crone, Executive Chef Ireland, Unilever Food Solutions, said: “The competition is a fantastic celebration of Irish food and the creativity of our future chefs who are given the platform to demonstrate their passion for food. Ireland is highly regarded for our local and great quality produce and renowned for our talented chefs working right across the country.

“The Irish palate has certainly evolved and we’re seeing more diversity and influence from various cuisines available in Ireland. We want our student chefs to embrace this challenge this year and I’m looking forward to seeing how they interpret this year’s theme,” she added.

This year, the judging panel will be joined by entrepreneur, businessman and broadcaster Bobby Kerr, who has vast experience in the hospitality sector.

The competition will take place on 5 February in Waterford Institute of Technology where participating student chefs will be challenged with plating up two dishes within two hours.

The 2019 Knorr Student Chef of the Year competition is open to second year students from participating catering colleges, training centres and Institutes of Technology. The winning entrant from each participating college will travel to Waterford Institute of Technology to compete.

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