Sunday 22 April 2018

Rory set to blog his way to top table

Skerries man's new recipe in running to land a trip to Chile

Nicola Donelly

A Skerries blogger is in the running to win a top prize with the creation of a new dish competition run by Chilean winemakers Cono Sur.

Rory Carrick (38), who is originally from Channel Road in Rush, is one of 13 other Irish entrants who will represent the country in the semi finals of the Cono Sur Blogging competition in France in November.

The competition is open to six countries in total including Ireland, USA, Canada, Japan, Sweden and Chile.

Each blogger has to come up with a savoury new main dish to pair with one of Cono Sur's Single Vineyard wines.

If Rory's recipe for pan seared sea bass with samphire on a bed of coriander mash drizzled with garlic, ginger and lemon butter, is selected to represent Ireland, he and a friend will travel to France to compete in the Grand Finale with finalists from the other countries and the winner gets an all expenses paid trip for two to Chile to visit Cono Sur vineyards and winery.

Rory started up his lifestyle blog 'Eat, Drink, Run, Fun' a year and a half ago because of his interest in different lifestyles.

'I re-discovered my love for cooking and food and the Dublin restaurant and pub scene so I incorporate all of these in my blog,' Rory told the Fingal Independent.

'And because I love to run and have fun, I decided why not incorporate them all together and become a lifestyle blogger.'

'I decided to enter this competition as I have always had an interest in cooking and writing about it,' said Rory, who works full time as MBA Administrator in Trinity College.

He explained that people vote for their top three dishes from Ireland and a renowned chef Christopher Carpentier re-creates these three dishes.

He in turn will then choose one entrant from each country to he winner from each country to travel to France where they get the opportunity to cook their own dish for a panel of judges.

'I think my dish is a nice, tasty dish so hopefully it will make it through although I am relying on people to vote for it!,' he said.

Voting for Rory's dish runs until Saturday, September 15th when the Irish winners will be announced.

People can vote for Rory's dish by going to and selecting Rory Carrick's recipe.

Fingal Independent