Aoife Wins Banana Contest

Aoife Flood (12) , from Rathangan, has Ireland’s best banana recipe, having been chosen the overall winner in the nationwide search by banana importer Fyffes to find Ireland’s most imaginative meal-makers.

In creating her prize-winning ‘banoffee cupcakes’, Aoife combined a mixture of caramel drizzle and fresh bananas, topped off with chocolate flakes.

 Leading the search once again was television cook, Donal Skehan, whose previous collaborations with Fyffes led to the discovery of Ireland’s most creative banana bread bakers and banana dessert makers. This year, Donal broadened his search to find the most delicious dish, from first to final course, savoury or sweet, in which a banana is the key ingredient. 

Youngest of three girls, Aoife is beginning secondary school at Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin. Having first developed her passion for baking at the start of the pandemic, she has now reached the stage where she is baking cakes to order.

Congratulating Aoife on her success which she says "demonstrates the obvious dedication and enthusiasm she puts into her culinary creations", Fyffes Head of Marketing Emma Hunt-Duffy went on the praise all those who entered the competition, adding “it was particularly pleasing to see the incredible levels of skill and creativity amongst those who took part, not least the younger, next generation of home baking enthusiasts”.

Other category winners in the competition are: 10-year old Savanna Pascoe from Rathnew (Best Junior Baker under 12 years); 14-year old Rachel Hanley from Lanesborough (Best Junior Baker aged 13 – 17); Cynthia Wong from Monasterevin (Best Breakfast); 14-year old Elliott Stokes from Caherconlish (Best Savoury); Kiera Stewart from Dripsey (Best Dessert); Harini Sonpal from Churchtown (Best Non Bake) and Alline Isense Dalpiaz from Cahersiveen (Best Vegan).

Further details of each category winner and their winning recipes can be viewed on