Monday 25 June 2018

The big cheese: The winning recipes from the Cheese Up Your Life competition

Róisín's cheesy bean lasagne.
Róisín's cheesy bean lasagne.

Check out the two winning cheesy dishes.

To celebrate National Cheese Week from June 5-9, culinary student Hanna Mathe and amateur chef Róisín Gallagher were announced as the winners of the National Dairy Council’s Cheese Up Your Life competition.

The National Dairy Council invited home cooks, foodies and trainee chefs from all around Ireland to send in their recipes, the only condition was the main ingredient had to be cheese.

From hundreds of entries, six finalists were selected and invited to Dublin to compete in a Cook Off, putting their cheesy recipes to the test. Two winners were chosen by the judges, Hanna as the top Culinary Student and Róisín in the Passionate Cooks and Foodies category.

The competition was judged by Irish chef and writer Clodagh McKenna, Olympian and fit foodie Derval O’Rourke and Vanessa Greenwood of Cooks Academy.

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Róisín Gallagher (left) and Hanna Mathe (right), the winners of the National Dairy Council's Cheese Up Your Life competition.

Hanna is currently a student at Waterford Institute of Technology. She came up with a delicious blue cheese, kale and pecan tart which wowed the judges.

Róisín’s winning entry was a twist on a family favourite. She made a cheesy bean lasagne which is nutritious, not to mention very tasty!

Both Hanna and Róisín won a trip of a lifetime to Tuscany for an ultimate cooking holiday.

Hanna and Róisín were just two of the six finalists in the Cheese Up Your Life competition. Cork food writer and blogger, Donna Hennessey cooked up some haloumi fries accompanied with a spicy yogurt dressing and fresh pomegranate.

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Hanna's blue cheese, kale and pecan tart.

Another successful Cork cook Elke O’Mahony opted for a delicate cauliflower, cheddar and walnut tart. Kristen Jensen who is based in Louth combined three different kinds of farmhouse cheese for her Irish farmhouse mac and cheese recipe.

Dublin sisters Gráinne and Shauna Moggan worked together to plate up their cheesy fish smokies.

The competition forms part of an EU wide programme with the aim of promoting and creating awareness of the taste, versatility and convenience of cheese in everyday life. 

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Celebrate National Cheese Week (5th-9th June) in style by cooking up some of these award-winning recipes. Check out all the tasty cheesy dishes here. Make sure to look out for videos of the recipes on the National Dairy Council’s YouTube channel.

Sponsored by: National Dairy Council

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