FIVE Kerry students have proven that they definitely can take the heat in the kitchen by demonstrating their outstanding culinary skills at the Apprentice Chef finals held in the Institute of Technology, Tralee on Friday.
Coleen Murphy and Aoife O'Donoghue of Cahersiveen's Coláiste na Sceilge, Louise Magowan of Tralee's Mercy Mounthawk, Meadbh Griffin of Ballybunion's St Joseph's Secondary School, and Iseult ni Lubhaing of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne all proudly represented their schools at the Lee Strand sponsored event.
Although the girls were runners up to Limerick student Julie O'Doherty, they will each receive a three hour cookery master class at IT 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', with the winner being selected on presentation, quality, and culinary skills.
Apprentice Chef Mentor Mark Doe said: "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".
The Apprentice Chef commenced as a pilot project participating in eight Secondary Schools this year, and is expected to include all interested Secondary Schools in Kerry in the 2013/2014 school year.