Dundalk IT student named Knorr Student Chef of the Year
Dundalk IT student Andrew Reddan has been crowned the Knorr Student Chef of the Year 2017 after a cook off hosted by Cork Institute of Technology.
Andrew successfully fought off the challenge of ten other young chefs to claim the top prize. Celebrating its 20th year in 2017, the competition is open to catering colleges, institutes of technology and training centres across the island of Ireland.
The theme of this year’s competition was provenance: the story behind the menu, and was focused on celebrating Irish produce.
This year’s competition was judged by a panel comprising Unilever Food Solutions’ Business Development Chef, Mark McCarthy. He was joined by special guest judge and winner of the National Chef of the Year by the UK’s Craft Guild of Chefs, James Devine. Joining the panel also were Fergal O’Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of the Coeliac Society of Ireland and Ann O’ Connor, Chef Lecturer, Cork Institute of Technology.
Students were challenged to create a starter using Irish seafood and a main course celebrating Irish beef. Students were also asked to demonstrate an understanding of the challenges of culinary sustainability, food waste management and allergen awareness.
Andrew impressed the judges with his starter of Irish seabass with Carlingford mussel ragout with lemon curd and mint risotto. For his main course, he served a beef tasting, which comprised seared sirloin, cheek croquette, bone marrow crumb with carmelised celeriac puree.
Andrew explains the story behind his menu: “The dishes were inspired by my experience as a fisherman, fishing off the east coast of Ireland in a little village called Baltray. I’m also a keen supporter of local producers.
“The concept of the dishes is trying to combine food, science and art to create dishes full of culture, history and modern techniques, while using local, seasonal produce sourced on my doorstep.”
As well as the Knorr Student Chef of the Year title, Andrew will receive a culinary experience in New York. On the first night, the winner will dine in the multi award winning and three-starred Michelin restaurant, Eleven Madison Park. They will also get an opportunity to take a food tour of NY.