Wednesday 17 January 2018

Chef Fiona Knorrs what she's doing!

Fiona collects her award from Pat Zaidan, lecturer at DIT.
Fiona collects her award from Pat Zaidan, lecturer at DIT.

David Looby

A BALLYHACK chef has scooped a major award winning the Knorr Student Chef of the Year competition.

Fiona Drought – who is currently studying a B.S in Culinary Entrepreneurship in D.I.T. – was crowned Student Chef of the Year following a closely fought final held at her home college in Cathal Brugha Street.

Fiona can now look forward to a trip of a lifetime to Modena in Italy for dinner at the three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana, recently voted the third best restaurant in the world.

Fiona said, 'To win this competition is a dream come true for me. Both dishes I created came from the heart and I think that the personal influence in both helped them to stand out.' Fiona completed two years Professional Cookery Course in Waterford Institute of Technology 2006 while training in Dunbrody Country House. She has worked in the 5 star Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin and as Chef Tutor at Cooks Academy Cookery School, Dublin.

Fiona prepared a main course of a Symphony of Irish Venison that wowed the judging panel. Faced also with having to prepare a dessert using only ingredients taken from a mystery basket revealed on the day, Fiona served up a sweet treat to scoop first place.

Fiona said she would especially like to thank Phelim Byrne, her head chef in Dunbrody House who gave her a solid understanding in cooking.

'I also want to thank Mr Tony Barry, Chef – Waterford Institute Technology, Brendan Keenan Chef and Lecturer in D.I.T and Pat Zaidan for his culinary inspiration.'

New Ross Standard

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