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Pat Hussey and Joan Kelly, ALONE beneficiaries alongside former RTE newsreader Anne Doyle
Pat Hussey and Joan Kelly, ALONE beneficiaries alongside former RTE newsreader Anne Doyle

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20 November 2018 | 0

Irish Chef Competes for Title of “Best Young Chef in Europe”

Galway chef Andrew Ishmael will represent Ireland at the 2018 European Young Chef Award competition, which takes place at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Galway on the 25th and 26th of November. Young chefs from across Europe will gather for the final of the contest, which is taking place in conjunction with the West of Ireland’s designation as a 2018 European Region of Gastronomy (ERoG). The European Young Chef Award aims to promote culinary innovation using traditional cuisine and local produce, highlight sustainable food cultures and inspire future ambassadors for the Regions of Gastronomy in Europe.

Maxol Opens first Zambrero Restaurant at Dublin Road, Dundalk

As Ireland’s love affair with burritos and Mexican food approaches critical mass, the latest name on the scene, Zambrero, has opened an outlet at the Maxol forecourt on Dublin Road, Dundalk. The Australian-founded, quick service restaurant franchise, which has a focus on healthy Mexican food, already has five branches open in Ireland, making the Maxol at Dublin Road, Dundalk, its sixth outlet.

Sainbury’s becomes first UK supermarket to sell edible insects

Eat Grub’s smoky BBQ crunchy roasted crickets, described as “crunchy in texture with a rich smoky flavour”, will be sold in 250 Sainbury’s stores across the UK and Northern Ireland for the first time. The supermarket claims this is the first time that shoppers will be able to buy Eat Grub’s consumable insect products from a major grocer. Eat Grub was launched in 2014 by co-founders Shami Radia and Neil Whippey with the aim to introduce insects to western food culture.

SuperValu supports ALONE in Tackling Loneliness in Communities this Christmas

SuperValu has urged customers to make time for chat this Christmas in a new partnership with elderly chaity ALONE, which tackles loneliness in communities. Retired broadcaster Anne Doyle joined in to help promote the initiative. To learn more, visit


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