Alanna is Olympic Star

Allana Moffat of Team Ireland was named “Young Rising Star” ?at the Young Chef Olympiad 2024 in Kolkata, India. The overall team winner was Azerbaijan.  

Her success comes as Irish teams compete in the IKA/Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart. Two Sodexo Ireland chefs have been selected to represent Ireland. Head Chef Gordon Carberry is on the senior team, and Sous Chef Chris Leech is on the junior team (25 years and under).

The Irish teams will be joining 1,800 chefs from 67 nations in the world’s largest and most multi-faceted live culinary competition. There are 18 chefs per country, 10 on the senior team and eight on the junior. Each team must cook a full three course “Restaurant of Nations” menu (the seniors for 110 people and the juniors for 75) and a Chef’s Table style menu for 14 and 12 people respectively.

Teams cook for Olympic gold in glass-walled kitchens with visitors watching their every move. Judges score on everything from taste, flavours and creative achievements to cleanliness, hygiene and sustainability in the working environment.  

In Ireland, the teams were chosen through a combination of assessment and competitive results in culinary competitions. Once selected, the members travelled from all over Ireland to meet for regular training sessions, menu development and testing to perfect their dishes.

The Irish teams will be led by Alan Fitzmaurice, Head Chef at the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo, President of the Panel of Chefs of Ireland, and senior team captain.