A DROGHEDA MAN was one of 10 chefs to battle it out in the Knorr Student Chef of the Year competition held in CIT.
Barry Reilly from Castlewood is a student in Dundalk IT and was presented with a certificate of achievement by David Jones, Field Sales Manager, Unilever Food Solutions Ireland, who also congratulated him on the originality of his menu.
Barry's menu included a starter of pan-fried John Dory with Clogherhead crab ravioli, carrot and ginger puree and chorizo espuma, followed by a main course of a roulade of duck breast, confit leg croquette and smoked fillet served with parsnip puree, fondant potatoes and port and duck sauce.
The theme of the competition was Irish Fusion and students had just two hours to create a starter and main course that would impress the judging panel of Martin Shanahan from RTE television show Martin's Mad About Fish, Mark Mccarthy of Unilever Food Solutions and chef lecturer at CIT Ciarán Scully.
The overall winner of the competition was CIT student Shane Deane from Kilbrittan, Co Cork, who won a bespoke perpetual trophy, a trip to Heston Blumenthal's award-winning restaurant, The Fat Duck, in London and a food photography experience with gastro photographer Gareth Morgans.
Completing the top three winners were Keith Pigott from IT Tralee and Roisin Ni Shuilleabhain Haughton from Limerick IT, who finished in second and third place respectively. Roisin also won the 2012 Knorr Student Chef of the Year Hygiene award.