Food news: Aran Island students rocket to CEO status
The winners of Ireland's Young Food Entrepreneur 2018 are a group of first- and second-year students from Coláiste Ghobnait on Inis Oírr island, who were chosen from more than 7,000 student entries by a panel of judges including Cully and Sully from Cully & Sully, Michael Kelly from GIY, and wellness and food author Rozanna Purcell (all pictured above).
The task for students participating in the Grow 2 CEO competition was to combine their food-cultivation and entrepreneurial skills by growing their own food - in this case, rocket, using it to devise a delicious soup recipe, and coming up with a branding and marketing strategy for their new enterprise. The finalists battled it out at a Dragons' Den-style final at Grow HQ in Waterford, during which the judges carried out a series of taste tests and appraised the business plans developed by the students.
The winning team - taking home a prize worth €5,000 - is made up of Jackie Ní hUallacháin, Aoibhín Ní Chonghaile, Patrick Ó Domhnaill, Jack Ó Domhnaill, Aoife Ní Chonaill, Alex Burtenshaw and Michael Finn. Their teacher Sharon O'Donnell said, "I am so proud of the dedication and the hard work that all of the students put into this competition... and I would like to thank the islanders and the community of Inis Oírr for sharing their vast knowledge of using local seaweeds and growing food on the island organically." The winning recipe can be found online at cullyandsully.com/ourgarden.
DOG DAYS in D6
The Exchequer in Dublin's Ranelagh is the first eaterie in the village to introduce a 'dogs welcome' policy, with its side terrace open to pooches from Thursday to Sunday. There are water bowls and awnings for the heat, and humans can browse the revamped menu; theexchequerwinebar.ie
WORTH ITS SALT
Achill Island Sea Salt has launched a new smoked version, hand-harvested from the clean Atlantic waters that surround Achill Island in Co Mayo and smoked over oak and beech. RRP €4 from selected SuperValu and Avoca stores nationwide; achillislandseasalt.ie