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Friday 26 April 2019

Oran wins Chef of the Year accolade

Oran Colhoun
Oran Colhoun

Local chef Oran Colhoun has been named Aramark's Chef of the Year Ireland, beating off stiff competition to claim the prestigious title at Catex 2019, Ireland's largest food service and hospitality show, in the RDS, Dublin.

Oran from Greystones competed against seven other finalists during an intense live cook-off to secure his place in the company's European final in London on April 4, where Chef Jamie Oliver will be on hand to offer advice and guidance to finalists.

The theme for this year's national competition was 'From Farm to Fork'. Finalists were required to prepare, cook and present two portions of a main course dish using only plant based ingredients.

Oran was awarded the title Aramark Chef of the Year after he impressed and delighted the panel of judges with his dishes of wild Irish mushroom Wellington, pickled vegetables, potato foam, pea purée, mint oil and Madeira jus. His dessert comprised of a lemon meringue egg in a nest of pistachio chocolate and almond soil chocolate feather limoncello 'egg yolk' lemon and lime ice cream.

Oran is the head chef of visitor catering at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Cooking since he was 15 years of age, he entered the competition this year having never competed before.

'I felt I was in a good position to try it out. Working with your hands, being creative, it's a great way to express yourself,' said Oran.

The highly competitive annual awards are open to Aramark Catering chefs from throughout the island of Ireland and are judged by a panel of distinguished chefs. This year's judging panel included Michelin Star Chef Ross Lewis of Chapter One, Tony Keogh from multi-award winning Cornucopia Vegetarian Restaurant and Derek Reilly Aramark Ireland Culinary Director and Chairman of Judges.

The award was presented by Shane Flynn, Managing Director of Food Services Ireland.

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