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Saturday 24 March 2018

Nothing lost in translation as Manuela lines up tasty new job

Manuela Spinelli
Manuela Spinelli

Clare Louise Cullen

HAVE no fear for translator Manuela Spinelli – she already has another job to keep her going.

While translating for Giovanni Trapattoni was a tough task at times, Ms Spinelli is busy as acting General Secretary for Euro-Toques in Ireland.

Just days before the former soccer manager left his post, his translator launched this year’s Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year competition.

She said when it comes to Irish food, there is nothing lost in translation.

Ms Spinelli said she was a freelance worker and lucky enough to work with the famed soccer manager and also in another area that she loves.

“My two speciality subjects are sport on one hand and food on the other,” she said.

“When this opportunity came along I just thought it was brilliant.

“Things just seem to happen in my life whereby the things I love end up being part of my job, and I’m so grateful for that,” she told the Herald.

Following the ending of Trapattoni’s management of the national soccer squad, Ms Spinelli took to Twitter yesterday to say thanks.

“Thank you for all your kind messages. It’s been an incredible honour for me to work with Giovanni, Marco (Tardelli) and @FAIreland,” she said.

The Euro-Torques Chef of the Year 2013 competition is ongoing and the closing date for entries is September 23, with the theme being “Food Memories”.

Ireland’s leading chefs Ross Lewis, Kevin Thornton, Paul Kelly and Wade Murphy joined Manuela to launch the search for the Young Chef of the Year.

The teams’ own memories are cooked into the competition with smells, mixing bowls and picnics being among those of the chefs, while Manuela remembers a post-war Italy where no ingredient was ever wasted.

So what makes a good chef?

“You don’t need to be a good chef, you just need to know good chefs,” Manuela laughed.

Wade Murphy said peeling spuds into his granny’s kitchen sink was the inspiration for his career.

Entries for the competition are being accepted at

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