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  • The Apprentice Chef Finale sponsored by Lee Strand

    March 2013 | by Lee Strand

    Outstanding culinary skills by secondary students from Kerry, Cork & Limerick exceed judges expectations at the Apprentice Chef Finale sponsored by Lee Strand. Eight finalists from six secondary schools in Kerry, Cork and Limerick participated in the Apprentice Chef Finale sponsored by Lee Strand at the Institute of Technology Tralee on Friday, March 8th, 2013. Sixteen year old Julie O’Doherty, a transition year student, at Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick was announced as the Overall Winner of The Apprentice Chef. Julie created a wonderful Sole Roulade with a prawn bisque served with stir fry vegetables and a potato gratin. Julie O’Doherty will receive €1,000 worth of cooking equipment for her school sponsored by Lee Strand; plus a three day internship with Apprentice Chef Mentor Simon Regan at the Hotel Europe in Killarney; three cookery workshops with Apprentice Chef Mentor Mark Doe at Just Cooking, Firies; three Innerjoy Wellbeing Coaching sessions with Susan Fitzgerald, an Apprentice Chef uniform and kitchen utensils. The seven runners-up Coleen Murphy, Colaiste na Sceilge, Cahirciveen; Aoife O’Donoghue, Colaiste na Sceilge, Cahirciveen; Louise Magowan, Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee; Meadbh Griffin, St Joseph’s Secondary School, Ballybunion; Iseult ni Lubhaing, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Dingle; Laura Stack, Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick and Mary O Riordan, St Mary’s Secondary School, Macroom, Co. Cork will each receive a three hour Cookery Master class at the Institute of Technology Tralee. The challenge of the Apprentice Chef is for students to create a recipe for a main course using only five ingredients listed in the ‘Good Mood Food List’. The winner was selected based on the presentation, quality and the skills demonstrated in compiling the project and their chosen dish. This year the Apprentice Chef commenced as a pilot project participating in eight Secondary Schools and it is planned to extend to include all interested Secondary Schools in Co. Kerry in the 2013/2014 school year. Speaking at the Apprentice Chef Finale John O’Sullivan, General Manager, Lee Strand stated “Lee Strand is delighted to sponsor The Apprentice Chef and we would like to congratulate all of the finalists and their teachers for their commitment and encouragement in participation in the project. This was a great opportunity to educate teenagers on the importance of healthy eating, while also providing essential healthy lifestyle skills. The Apprentice Chef also promotes the advantages of using locally sourced food and the benefits received not only from a health perspective but also economic. The project highlights how locally sourced produce benefits the local economy and therefore keep jobs in Kerry.” Mark Doe, Apprentice Chef Mentor commented “I would like to congratulate all the students for coming this far in the project. We have been blown away by the standard of not only the cooking of the students’ dishes, but just as importantly the standard of projects they submitted. They have taken on board what their mentor chef’s have advised them on, and then taken their original dishes to even a higher level. What is encouraging is that the students have told us that the Apprentice Chef project, has changed the way they look at healthy “good mood” foods and the use of local ingredients. We look forward to planning the 2013/2014 Apprentice Chef project.”