Competition heats up for Aramark’s National Chef’s Cup

Last year's Aramark Chef's Cup finalists and winner
Last year's Aramark Chef's Cup finalists and winner

Eight of Aramark Ireland’s finest chefs will compete for the honour of being crowned Aramark’s Chef of the Year, at a finale event on 6 February.



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2 February 2018 | 0

The finalists have been shortlisted for the National Chef’s Cup, a prestigious contest searching for Ireland’s best chef. The winning chef will go on to represent Ireland at the European Chef’s Cup, set to take place in Barcelona this April.

Sean Hunter, Lucian Chelariu, Pranas Jablonskis, Philip Morrissey, David Joyce, Cian Irvine, Craig Taylor and Michael Hannafin have all been shortlisted to compete at the National Chef’s Cup in City West, Dublin, on 6 February.

The National Chef’s Cup is a serious culinary battle. The outstanding finalists have already displayed experience, dedication and a real passion for food. The contest will give them 90 minutes to prepare, cook and present two main course dishes using sustainable fresh fish as a key ingredient, and two deserts with chocolate as a key ingredient.

The judging panel will include Irish Michelin-star-winning head chef and co-owner of the restaurant Chapter One, Ross Lewis; Brendan O’Neill, executive director panel of Chefs Ireland and Aramark’s UK culinary director, Paul Bloxham. The judging panel will be chaired by Derek Reilly Aramark Ireland’s culinary director.

“The exceptionally high standard of entries this year will make the competition incredibly challenging,” says Shane Flynn, MD of Food Services Ireland. “Each year the standard of food these talented chefs produce simply gets better and better. I congratulate each of them for getting this far in what is a very tough competition.”

“Competitions like this play a vital role in culinary arts as they continually raise the standards of culinary excellence. There is no better way for a chef to hone their craft than by putting their skills and knowledge to the test in a competitive forma,” Flynn adds.

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