Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year announced

Six young Irish chefs tap their inspiration in attempt to win prestigious culinary award

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The future of Irish culinary talent was on show in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel as the six finalists of Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year were announced.

The competition, now in its 29th year, was a career starting point for many of Ireland’s top chefs, including Neven Maguire, Gearoid Lynch and Mark Moriarty, who won the San Pellegrino World Young Chef title in 2015.

The latest clutch of finalists will be encouraged to test their own limits in the competition, in order to impress the final judging panel – comprised of some of the world’s best-known chefs. The finalists are:

Maeve Walsh (23), Restaurant FortyOne at Residence, Dublin

Glen Sutcliffe (23), The Marker Hotel, Dublin

Chris Fullam, (23), Old Street, Malahide Dublin

Killian Crowley, (24), Aniar, Galway City

Gary Doyle, (25), The Canteen, Celbridge, Co Kildare

Marc McWilliams, (25), The Brooklodge and Strawberry Tree restaurant, Wicklow

Throughout the three-month process, candidates  were asked to display what really inspires their creativity. The first stage involved a social media entry, expressing their inspiration in 140 characters or less. Second stage was a written entry comprising a recipe and an explanation of their concept and thought process.  The third stage was face-to-face interviews with a panel of top Euro-toques chefs and the GM of La Rousse Foods, during which they faced an on-the-spot omelette challenge.

The six finalists will battle it out in Chapter One restaurant on 27 November, as their skills are tested in front of a panel of top chefs.

The grand prize will include a training stage under guest judge and Michelin Star chef Nathan Outlaw.

 

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