Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year finalists to face grueling challenge

Finalists Ruth Lappin, Robert Browne, John Fitzmaurice, Conor Halpenny and Roseanne Meehan

Ireland’s top five young chefs to battle it out under the theme, “Origins of Contemporary Irish Cooking”



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13 November 2015

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The future of cooking in Ireland is in safe hands as the five finalists of Euro-Toques Young Chef Competition were recently announced at a special lunchtime event at Sodar & Ko in the heart of Dublin city centre.

The top five young chefs will battle it out in Ireland’s most prestigious culinary competition for young talented chefs. This is the 28th year of the competition, which has produced high calibre chefs including Neven Maguire, Gearoid Lynch and Mark Moriarty who won the title of San Pellegrino World Young Chef champion earlier this year – after claiming the title of Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year in 2013.

The five finalists are:

  • John Fitzmaurice,aged 26, Head Chef at Moloughney’s, Clontarf, Dublin 3. John’s mentor is Liam Moloughney.
  • Ruth Lappin, aged 22, Chef de Partie at Restaurant Patrick Guilband, Dublin 2. Ruth’s mentor is Head Chef Kieran Glennon.
  • Conor Halpennyaged 20, Chef de Partie, Tankardstown House, Brabazon Restaurant, Co Meath. Conor’s mentor is Head Chef Robbie Krawczyk.
  • Robert Browneaged 21, currently a medical student in National University of Ireland, Galway and being mentored by Enda McEvoy, Chef-Patron Loam Restaurant in Galway
  • Roseanne Meehan – aged 24, Junior Sous Chef, Knockranny House Hotel. Roseanne’s mentor is Head Chef Seamus Commons.

The theme of this year’s competition is “Origins of Contemporary Irish Cooking”. The young finalists will have to showcase their interpretation of this theme though their menu creations while keeping Irish provenance and their own influences at the forefront of their minds.

Euro-Toques Ireland’s challenge for these young chefs runs over three months and culminates on the final day, 29 November, when the finalists will spend that morning  at Dublin’s Cooks Academy, undertaking a grueling culinary skills test, followed by prepping and serving food for the esteemed guests at an exclusive gala banquet at Dublin’s historic Shelbourne Hotel, where the winner will be announced.

This year’s ultimate prize includes an all-expenses paid stage at Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant – Restaurant Gordon Ramsey. Clare Smyth, an MBE and Northern Irish chef is chef patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and will be the special guest judge at the final.

In association with La Rousse Foods, the competition’s main aim is to search for Ireland’s young food heroes that contribute to developing Irish cooking and promoting our unique culinary craft at home and abroad.




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