Coachford duo are baking up a storm
Brian Dineen and Lizzie Harrison will now progress to national finals
Things are hotting up in the kitchen as two teenagers from Coachford took the top place at the Aldi Foróige National Junior Baking Final which was held in Cork city.
Brian Dineen (15) and Lizzie Harrison (14), who are both from Coachford Foróige Club, took the two top places in the competition held at Cookery Cottage, Cork city and they will now progress to the national finals.
The taste-tempting theme of the competition for 2018 is lemon drizzle cake and the winner's cake will be go on sale nationwide in Aldi stores next year with the winner receiving €3,000 in prize money.
The finals will take place at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore in September. At the finals, participants will be further put to the test by baking in front of a live audience in the Aldi marquee.
The 32 regional finalists have been brought together for finals in Dublin, Cork, Sligo and Athlone, having already won their club and county finals earlier in the year.
Brian Dineen has been brought up in a world of cooking as his mom Karolyne is known for her baking and her husband Peter does the cooking in the family home.
Karolyne is a leader with Foroige in Coachford and she told Brian started off baking a lemon drizzle cake recipie that Karolyne had given him but since then he has been tweaking it and it has obviously hit the palette of the adjudicators as he is off to the September finals.
He has been baking the tasty treat at home where it has quickly disappeared each time and at his summer work place it is also proving a hit.
Brian told The Corkman that he is really looking forward to the bake-off and is also delighted that Lizzie Harrison has made the grade.
"I started baking when I was very young as my mother is always baking, then as I got older hurling and football took over but I still liked to bake. With the recipie that I'm using, I adapt it as I go along and while the mixture is relatively easy to do, it's the actual baking that is the task as it has to go out to the edges," he said.
Then he has to decorate it and work on the famous drizzle. When asked what is the actual recipe, with a wide smile, he said he is "keeping that confidential" for the time being.
For the summer break, Brian is working at O'Donovan Engineering in Coachford and in addition to his duties, staff frequently remind him to bring in his lemon drizzle cake - for sampling purposes obviously.
"I get reminded to bake a lemon cake and bring it in for everyone. So far, no one is complaining about the sampling," laughed Brian.
Coachford Foróige has gone from strength to strength since it was set up just six years ago. They have up to 30 members and six leaders.